Man Downs Cup Of Bleach In Courtroom After Armed Robbery Verdict Is Read

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A Florida man consumed a cup of bleach in a courtroom moments after hearing the jury found him guilty of armed robbery.

Jermaine Bell, 38, spent more than three years in custody after he disguised as a courier and pulled a gun on employees at the Millennium Engine Plating in December 2018, per Fox News.

During his Miami-Dade County courtroom hearing, Bell mysteriously got a hold of a white disposable cup of bleach and started drinking it.

The robbery suspect downed the cup of corrosive substance, even when an officer approached him with a trash can and attempted to have him spit out the liquid.

Watch the moment below:

While it remains unclear what happened immediately after, another clip showed Bell being taken out of the courtroom on a stretcher to the hospital for medical treatment - while wearing an orange jumpsuit.

It has been reported that the inmate became sick immediately after downing the sodium hypochlorite liquid, per the outlet Local10.

He is now in stable condition at the hospital after swallowing the bleach, however, the inmate's family is raising questions about why nobody interfered as he was drinking the product.

"I see him drinking something that’s not right," Reverend Jerome Starling, a distant relative of Bell, told Local 10. "His attorneys are letting him drink it. Corrections letting him drink it."

"All of a sudden I see him collapse. And I said how could this happen," Starling said, adding that someone needs to be held responsible for what happened in the courtroom.

Bell's cousin, the one who recorded the incident, said she immediately attempted to save him: "I was the only one like that jumped up and tried to get him help."

"[It’s] very emotional for the whole family. We thought we were going to lose Jermaine that day," she told Local 10.
Outside of Miami Dade County Courthouse. Credit: Jennifer Santolla / Alamy
Miami-Dade police and County Corrections are currently running an investigation to find out how Bell obtained the product, as it still remains unclear how he was able to get it into the courtroom.

While the Miami-Dade inmate is reportedly recovering from the incident, his family is also questioning the accountability of the police officials and staff present there.

The case is currently under investigation.

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