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LEOMINSTER -- District Court Judge John J. Curran Jr. on Wednesday set bail at $50,000 for the Fitchburg man who allegedly bit a police lieutenant on the neck during an arrest last week.
Alex Rivera, 27, listed as homeless on court documents, faces 26 criminal charges stemming from an alleged domestic assault and what police described as a violent attack on several officers.
Appearing in Leominster District Court, Rivera had a large scar on his forehead, and he glared at Assistant District Attorney Erin Donnelly as she talked Curran's run- ins with the law.
"There is a flagrant disregard of the laws, your honor," Donnelly told Curran.
Judge Martha Brennan ordered Rivera held without bail last week pending Wednesday's dangerousness hearing. Because of the violent nature of the alleged encounter last week, she ordered that Rivera could be held without bail. Wednesday's hearing originally was to determine if Rivera was still dangerous enough to be held without bail, but instead, the court set bail at $50,000 while he awaits trial. Michael Taylor, a Leominster attorney representing Rivera, asked the judge to set bail between $5,000 and $10,000, but Curran ordered it be set at the Commonwealth's recommended $50,000 rate.
Taylor said Rivera doesn't have the money to post bail.
Police responded to a Leominster house after an alleged domestic argument last week and found Rivera hiding in an attic crawl space. While officers used pepper spray in an attempt to subdue him, Rivera allegedly threw pieces of wood at them, Donnelly said.

Earlier in that day, Rivera's girlfriend told police that he allegedly threatened her with a knife and said he would kill her.
Rivera allegedly asked officers why they didn't kill him, saying he would rather die than go back to jail.
Lt. Robert Healey needed medical attention for the bite to his neck, which caused a puncture wound another officer described as looking "as if he was stabbed with something."
Donnelly said Rivera has had multiple restraining orders placed on him and has faced assault charges in the past.
Taylor said Rivera has a "substantial" history of appearing in court, so he admitted that some sort of bail would be appropriate.
Taylor told Curran that police entered the house without a warrant. After the hearing, Taylor said he would be looking into the matter to determine whether police entered the home lawfully.
Taylor also said there are some questions about who owns the home where police found Rivera.
After Wednesday's hearing, Taylor conceded that the $50,000 bail was not excessive.
Donnelly also said Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.'s office is looking into 13 phone calls Rivera may have placed to the alleged victim after being arrested.
After Wednesday's hearing, Donnelly said the DA's office may seek additional charges regarding the alleged calls.
A pretrial conference to discuss evidence is scheduled for Aug. 14 with a pretrial date scheduled four days later.
Rivera also appeared in court for charges of marijuana possession stemming from a traffic violation unrelated to last week's arrest. The pretrial date was scheduled for later this month, but the responding police officer would not have been available on that date, so Curran rescheduled it.

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