Veteran from Rt. 5 pipe bomb incident, found injured in cell

Decoteau was taken to Baystate Medical Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 30 year old veteran who was allegedly holding pipe bombs out of his car in West Springfield on Monday, injured himself in a holding cell at Springfield District Court on Tuesday.

The 22News I-Team confirmed that court officers found Robert Decoteau III lying face down and injured on the floor of his holding cell Tuesday afternoon. Decateau was scheduled to be arraigned on two bomb threat charges and four explosive charges. His lawyer asked to waive his presence at the hearing, where a psychologist recommended that Decoteau be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a 20 day mental health evaluation instead of being arraigned. A judge agreed.

22News was in the courtroom during this hearing and no one mentioned Decoteau was hurt at that time. A Trial Court Spokesperson told 22News court officers heard a loud noise from the area of Decoteau’s single person cell; six court officers rushed to the cell and called for an ambulance.


Continuing Coverage: West Springfield Bomb Threat


Decoteau was taken to Baystate Medical Center. On Wednesday, a Baystate spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny that Decoteau was still at the hospital, but 22News did confirm that Decoteau is not yet in state custody at Bridgewater State Hospital.

The Trial Court Spokesperson said the Springfield Police Department and Trial Court Security Department are looking into the facts and circumstances that led to the defendant’s injuries. No one would reveal the extent of his injuries.

Decoteau was placed into custody on Monday after a chase and standoff with West Springfield Police. He was handcuffed on Route 5, and police found four explosive pipe bombs in his pickup truck. A portion of the road was closed while the bomb squad made sure the explosives were secure. Decoteau earlier had threatened the Springfield Veteran Center, in West Springfield, with a bomb threat.

State Police also found another explosive at his home in Russell.

Decoteau is a 30 year old former marine, who West Springfield Police Chief Ronald Campurciani called distressed.

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