Jan. 14--Two suspects arrested in connection with Friday's robbery of a Bank of America branch had been charged the same crime and were each placed on suicide watch had different outcomes at their hearing held Saturday at the Marion County Jail in front of a judge.
Sidney Sussman, 65, was calm as he told Judge Sarah Ritterhoff Williams that he was disabled, lived in a trailer that his brother owns and has never been in any serious trouble before.
Sussman, whose bond on a charge of robbery was $15,000, was reduced to $1,000.
Minutes earlier, the hearing for Sussman's alleged accomplice, Errol Denard Perry, 50, started calmly but then escalated to the point where several corrections officers at the Marion County Jail surrounded him to keep a close watch on him.
Perry, also charged with robbery -- and also on suicide watch-- told the judge he wanted her to appoint a state doctor for him and also told the judge he didn't know where he was. The judge told him that she doesn't appoint doctors, and asked him if he was going to hire his own lawyer, or if she should appoint a public defender to him or if he was going to represent himself.
Perry told the judge he's being accused of something "they said I did," and added that Markeith Lloyd -- the accused killer of his ex-girlfriend and a police officer in Orlando -- "is in my head now." Perry said Lloyd "was one of my closest friends."
When the judge tried to find out if Perry wanted an attorney or not, Perry told her that he doesn't know where he is, that he hasn't been taking his medication in awhile and that he was once in a state hospital.
Then, as the judge again tried to get an answer from Perry, he told her "I need for you guys to cut that guy loose," making reference to Sussman. Corrections officers, who were paying close attention to his ramblings were inching closer to the podium where a handcuffed Perry stood. They got close to Perry when the suspect, in apparent frustration, banged the podium with his hands.
The judge appointed a public defender to represent Perry as he kept mumbling to himself that they need to "get me out of here."
Perry, who had to be escorted out of the courtroom and to his cell, has no bond. Originally, his bond was $15,000.
On Friday, the men were arrested by Ocala police officers in connection with the Bank of America at 1120 SE 17th St. The men, whose arrest reports said they're from Wildwood, were apprehended not far away in a parking lot located in the 1600 block of South Pine Avenue.
Officials said they found cash on the floorboard of the vehicle and detained both men. Questioned by detectives about the robbery, Sussman denied robbing the bank. Officials said Sussman was behind the wheel when they were caught.
Perry, who detectives said handed the teller a note implying he had a weapon though none was shown, told officials that he robbed the bank so he could get money to pay a drug dealer $20,000 that he owed. Officials said the pair got less than $2,000 from the bank.
Before their first court appearance, Sussman told the Star-Banner that he's innocent.
Perry told the Star-Banner that Sussman did not know "what's going on" and "he has nothing to do with it." He said he's "a threat to himself," and "I do things and I don't remember."
"I'm mentally f***** up. I know I need help," he said.
State records show Perry is an absconder/fugitive from Orlando and was on felony probation for aggravated assault that was scheduled to end Dec. 27, 2019. He served time in prison for o sexual battery, kidnapping and other offenses and is listed as a sexual offender.
Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, [email protected] or @almillerosb.
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