Standoff suspect laughs at charges in court appearance

Standoff suspect laughs at charges in court appearance

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - A man accused of kidnapping his 5-year-old daughter, leading to a chase and standoff, spoke out at his first appearance in court.

Robert Dean is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, among others.

As soon as Dean walked into the courtroom he questioned why our camera was there. He said it made him nervous.

Dean looked directly into the camera while waiting for the judge and said he was a good man.

"Well my wife lied about my child. I haven't seen my child in 9 months. It's hard to live without my child," he offered.

The 45-year-old was visibly unstable as he waited for his first appearance. He rolled his head back several times and sat with his eyes closed.

Dean quietly said he understood all of the seven announced charges, but denied being a convicted felon.

"No sir, I'm not a felon," he said. "We can do this all day long sir, but I'm not a felon."

The short chase and standoff ended in front of a home on Philema Road.

"We were able to have him surrounded, where he couldn't hurt nobody," said Chief Harris.

Dean held a gun to his head until a trooper was able to tase him and take him into custody.

The homeowner said Dean is his cousin's husband and she left Athens with their daughter to get away from him.

Judge Jim Thurman deferred all bonds to the superior court. Dean laughed at the decision.

"Well damn," he sighed.

"I will tell you that if this court had the authority, I would not grant bond in this case," Judge Thurman noted.

"I tell you it was worth it your honor. I got to hold my little girl's hand. I got to hold my little girl. It was worth it," said Dean.

The judge noted that kidnapping is a capitol offense that carries a potential sentence of life in prison.

Dean laughed out loud when he was told.

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