LAPORTE | A LaPorte bank robbery suspect on Friday blamed the judicial system for not curing his heroin addiction during a previous stint behind bars.
Ryan Mounts, 32, was arraigned on a Class C felony robbery charge linked to a Dec. 27 robbery at the Fifth Third Bank in the 800 block of Monroe Street. His bond was set at $100,000.
Mounts seemed to be arguing for a reduction in his bond when he claimed not enough was done during his previous incarceration to help him get a handle on his heroin addiction.
“I failed three drug tests for heroin. I was asking for help,” said Mounts, who served time in prison for robbing a LaPorte tobacco store at gunpoint in 2008.
LaPorte Circuit Judge Tom Alevizos interrupted, telling Mounts that blame rests with himself.
“I think people are responsible for their own actions, and when I sit here I get really sick and tired of people trying to blame other people for their actions,” Alevizos said. “I would stop talking if I were you."
The judge granted Mounts' request for a speedy trial and scheduled the case to go before a jury starting Feb. 4.
In the Fifth Third Bank robbery, a man later identified as Mounts handed a note to a teller and stated, "I'm not kidding," according to court records.
The man indicating he had a gun instructed the teller to open the drawer, and the teller activated an alarm before handing over money.
Officers followed footprints in the snow to a nearby apartment in the 500 block of Maple Avenue.
Mounts was found inside along with black and white shoes that had the same tread pattern as the footprints in the snow, court records state.
Other items recovered from the apartment included $1,700 in cash that was underneath a sofa cushion.
Mounts was given a five-year prison sentence in 2008 for robbing the Smoke Shop at 103 Pine Lake Ave. at gunpoint.
A public defender was appointed to represent Mounts against the latest criminal allegations.