Prosecutors: The Two Men Behind Bristol Bank Robbery Are Career Criminals

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Two Massachusetts men remain in Connecticut police custody one day after police say the career criminals took part in a bank robbery, led them on a police chase that ended with an all-out manhunt in Farmington.

Around 12:30, the two men went before Judge Carl Taylor for their arraignments.

The first suspect was Richard Gordon. He stood before Judge Taylor in a torn, prison-issued uniform.

The scene should be a familiar one to the suspect.

Gordon has a lengthy prison record--

Prosecutors cited 44 arrests in the Commonwealth of Massacgusetts.

Gordon is accused of driving the stolen getaway van after the alleged Bristol bank robbery.

Police say that turned into a high speed chase-- that led them to Farmington.

Gordon's bail is set at $250,000.

Police say Brendan Anthony McGarrett was Gordon's partner-in-crime.McGarrett faces far more serious charges.

Before he turned to the judge he saw his sister in the courtroom and mouthed to her, I'm sorry.

They have been through this before.

Police say McGarret is also a career criminal-- who has spent a lot of time behind bars in massachusetts and in south dakota.

In fact, The Hartford Courant reports:

that the Assistant US Attorney told a Massachusetts judge last October, "Releasing Mr. McGarrett to the street now, or any time soon, is a recipe for disaster."

During the police chase that followed the alleged bank robbery-- police say, McGarret shot at officers, ran off-- and then kidnapped a Marianne Schadler of Farmington at gunpoint.

"I was in the garage...and he came out with his gun," Schadler told Fox 61.

Police say McGarrett then lied to police-- and told them he wasn't armed.

Police credit kidnapping victim Marianne Schadler with saving lives. She alerted police that the suspect did *indeed have a weapon.*

Public Defender Liz Ahern told the court McGarrett has been diagnosed with psychiatric illness. She says he was on the anti-anxiety drug Xanax as well as an anti-depressent at the time of the incident.

His sister was also in court to support her brother.

She told reporters she was there to remind her brother-- no matter what he did, she loves him and he is not alone.

McGarrett's bond is set at 3 million dollars.

Both suspects are due back in Hartford Superior Court on July 17th.

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