After a longer than usual transfer from West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California to a Newberry, S.C., prison, regional Mexican superstar Larry Hernandez has posted $200,000 bail and is now free — at least until a probable cause hearing set for Dec. 31.
According to Latin Times, the star of Larrymania arrived in Newberry at 6:40 a.m. on Friday (Oct. 23), and at about 11 a.m. that same day, he appeared before a judge, who ordered that Hernandez be released on $200,000 cash bond. The Mexican singer faces kidnapping, assault and assault with battery charges stemming from an alleged incident in South Carolina after Hernandez performed in Newberry on Aug. 16.
On Sept. 30, Hernandez stood before a judge in the California courtroom and agreed to be voluntarily extradited to South Carolina. CNN reports that the South Carolina judge ordered that he surrender his passport. Latin Times states that Hernandez is entitled to travel back home to California and once there, will have to report his return to local authorities and cooperate with the ongoing investigation. According to Univision, Hernandez is entitled to preliminary hearings before his next court date, and should the jury determine that there is insufficient evidence to support the charges, Hernandez’s case could be dismissed.
But the case is complicated. Los Angeles daily La Opinion wrote that Hernandez — angry because he wasn’t paid the amount promised for his August performance in South Carolina — held the concert promoter against his will and beat him up. The promoter, continued the report, managed to escape and filed a complaint with the police. The Newberry Observer said a man identified Hernandez as one of the men who held him against his will after a concert at the skating rink on S.C. 34 in Newberry. The victim told police he was wrapped in clear plastic wrap and beaten by Hernandez and an associate. The Newberry Police investigated and turned over the case to the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, which charged Hernandez and his associate Jesus Ivan Solis with kidnapping and third-degree assault and battery.
According to Los Angeles Airport Police public information officer Robert Pedregon, Hernandez was arrested at Ontario Airport outside Los Angeles more than a month later, on Sept. 25, on a fugitive warrant. Los Angeles Airport police were informed by Denver police that Hernandez was booked on a plane from Ontario to Denver. When Hernandez arrived at the airport to catch his flight, he was detained. Because he was a fugitive, he was held without bail, which is the case for anyone with a fugitive warrant who has crossed state lines, regardless of the charges.
The star’s lawyers are not commenting on the pending case at this time.
Watch video of Hernandez, who was flanked by security and accompanied by his girlfriend, Kenia Ontiveros, and mother, Manuela Ceniceros, waving to fans as he leaves the courthouse.