JAFFREY — A Greenville man accused of robbing the TD Bank in New Ipswich last month told the judge he needs “help” but not bail at his arraignment on two felony robbery charges in the 8th Circuit Court District Division in Jaffrey on Wednesday.
“I don’t need no bail. You don’t need me on the street,” Eric Lord told Judge L. Phillips Runyon III.
Lord, 43, of Greenville, was arrested by Massachusetts State Police in a commercial building in Leominster around 2 a.m. on Feb. 22.
He is accused of entering the TD Bank in New Ipswich on Friday, Feb. 21, just before 2 p.m., and passing a note to a teller stating that he had a gun and demanded cash.
The felony robbery charges allege Lord purposely threatened a bank teller and purposely put her in fear of physical force by handing her the note that read, according to his arrest affidavit, “I HAVE A GUN Count $4,000 in 100 dollar bills to me 30 seconds or some one get hurt.”
Runyon started the arraignment by asking Lord if he wanted to postpone the hearing until he had a public defender.
“I want help, that’s all I want. I don’t need a court appointed lawyer at this time,” Lord said.
He did ask that a lawyer be appointed to him for his probable cause hearing, which Runyon set for March 12.
New Ipswich prosecutor Michael Beausolel asked that Lord be held without bail, but when pressed by Runyon who said Lord was entitled to bail, Beausolel requested a high bail — $200,000 cash — be set.
“This offense took place a day after he was released from state prison. He has an extensive criminal history beginning in 1989 continuing somewhat unbroken all the way up to 2012, numerous serious felonies on there, burglaries, serious felony possession charges,” Beausolel said. “He concedes that he committed this crime because he was looking for help with his mental health and his drug addiction. And so clearly until he gets that help he is going to be inclined to engage in this kind of activity. … And I think he would agree with that.”
When Runyon asked Lord if he wanted bail set, he responded by saying that he doesn’t need bail and that Runyon would not want him out on the street. He told Runyon he takes his medication on a regular basis when in prison.
Runyon set bail at $200,000 cash only.