Inmate faces numerous charges after attempted escape

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 August 2016 at 4:52 pm

2 nurses catch man who fled hospital in shackles

Sebastian Bonk

Sebastian Bonk

ALBION – An inmate in the Orleans County Jail attempted to escape on Thursday night by running out of the Medina Memorial Hospital Emergency Department where he was being treated for reported health issues, Chris Bourke, undersheriff for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, reported this evening.

Sebastian L. Bonk, 24, faces three misdemeanors and two felonies for the alleged incident. Bonk was at the hospital at 11:20 p.m. when he allegedly ran out of the Emergency Department door, through the lobby and out of the hospital.

Bonk had pulled his leg shackles up higher on his legs to make it easier to run, Bourke said in a news release.

Bonk was pursued by two nurses, Capri Sullivan and Stephanie Atwell, from the Emergency Department, along with Correction Officer Steven Corrigan. Sullivan and Atwell were able to catch Bonk and take him to the ground about 80 yards north of the hospital on Ohio Street. The nurses, Corrigan and a physician assistant (Chris Jones) from the Emergency Department attempted to pin Bonk down and hand cuff him as he continued to resist and fight. Shortly thereafter, the Medina Police Department and Sheriff’s deputies arrived and Bonk was secured, Bourke said.

Nurse Sullivan, Nurse Atwell and Correction Officer Corrigan were treated and released for injuries resulting from this incident.

Bonk had been remanded to the Orleans County Jail earlier in the day on Aug. 4 on the charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree.

He faces new charges of escape in the second degree, resisting arrest, two counts of assault in the third degree and second-degree assault of a correction officer.

Bonk was arraigned before Ridgeway Town Justice Joseph Kujawa, who set bail at $30,000 cash or $300,000 bond. Bonk is scheduled to return to the Town of Ridgeway Court 9 a.m. on Monday.

This incident was investigated by Sgt. D. Foeller, Deputy A. Breuilly, Deputy D. Pahuta, and Deputy J. Doyle. The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office would like to commend the staff at the Medina Hospital for the assistance they provided on the evening of Aug. 4, Bourke said.