LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – An apparently distraught veteran, who injured himself while awaiting arraignment in Springfield this week, was released from the hospital on Friday and taken to the Hampden County Jail in Ludlow.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Stephen O’Neil told 22News Baystate Medical Center notified the House of Corrections that 30-year-old Robert Decoteau III was being discharged Friday afternoon.
O’Neil said Decoteau will be placed in the Ludlow correctional facility’s “Emergency Stabilization Unit”, pending his transfer to Bridgewater State Hospital; “The ‘Emergency Stabilization Unit’ is for inmates with severe mental health challenges.”
West Springfield Police Chief Ronald Campurciani had previously described Decoteau as a 5-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, who was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
Decoteau was arrested on Riverdale Street in West Springfield, Monday afternoon, after a police pursuit, during which police said he waved pipe bombs out the window of his pickup truck. He stopped the truck and surrendered peacefully, and explosives experts disposed of four pipe bombs.
Since Decoteau suffers from PTSD, he was brought to Baystate Medical Center instead of jail Monday night. Court officers found him in a Springfield District Court holding cell Tuesday, suffering from unspecified injuries. He was not able to attend a scheduled arraignment on bomb threat and explosives charges.
A judge approved a psychologist’s recommendation that Decoteau be committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a 20-day psychiatric evaluation. O’Neil confirmed that Decoteau would be taken to Bridgewater, but there was no timeline yet for when that might take place.