Robert J. Beerman, the man discovered dead by police inside the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Camden following a lengthy standoff Sept. 16, had a history of run-ins with police as well as hospital visits for mental health issues.

Most recently, Beerman was charged with robbing Cuzzy's Bar and Grill on Bay View Street in Camden. He was arrested Aug. 23 and charged with the crime after police viewed a video of the incident, during which he entered the restaurant through a bathroom window and pried open a lockbox containing cash with a pair of pliers.

Beerman was concerned about returning to jail and threatened suicide at that time, according to a police affidavit filed by Camden Police Officer Brook Hartshorn in that case.

"The PARC [mental health] unit should have kept me last week when I went in, this would never have happened. I'm not right, " Beerman told police subsequent to his August arrest.

He told police he stole $700 from the establishment because he was "broke" and had been drinking for three days.

In 2011, Beerman was sentenced to 18 months in jail on charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening and criminal mischief, according to court documents. Police said he appeared intoxicated at the time of the assault. His mental health was evaluated at Pen Bay Medical Center following that incident, as the victim in that case indicated he tried to harm himself in addition to the victim. At that time, Beerman was on probation from a 2009 domestic violence assault charge that barred him from using alcohol.

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