ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca City judge quadrupled the bail for a man who is accused of attacking Ithaca police officers and creating a bio-hazard when he defecated and urinated in his holding cell.
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Carmen Dechellis, 55, is now being held at the Tompkins County Jail on a$20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. It was initially set at $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
He was scheduled to appear in front of Ithaca City Judge Richard Wallace Friday morning, but refused to appear in court. He’ still in custody at the jail.
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His assigned attorney Max Brown said in court that he wanted to speak to his client before arraignment, adding that he did not know the mental capacity of Dechellis to understand the proceedings.
Assistant District Attorney Brad Rudin said, “Mr. Dechellis can’t be allowed to delay court proceedings on a whim of not showing up to court.”
Dechellis was eventually arraigned in his absence and a preliminary felony hearing was scheduled in court for Jan. 13.
The District Attorney’s Office will compile a list of potential consequences for Dechellis if he does not comply with coming to the proceeding.
Dechellis is charged with violation second-degree harassment; misdemeanors for two counts of third-degree criminal tampering, fourth-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief, resisting arrest; and a felony for aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate.
He’s accused of standing in a roadway and attacking cars, and then attacking officers when they arrived at the scene. Dechellis is also accused of defecating and urinating in his holding cell and throwing the waste at officers.
He’s also facing unrelated charges for petit larceny, trespassing and an open container violation.
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