GREENACRES, Fla. - A judge has denied bond for Scott Tobiassen, the man who police say murdered his roommate before dismembering the victim's body.
Tobiassen, 49, appeared in court Thursday morning on first degree murder charges for the death of 48-year-old Gerard Longo.
More than twenty-four hours after the investigation started, police still have a perimeter set up in the Seven Springs apartment complex off 10th Avenue North in Greenacres. Police found Longo dismembered inside a home in the community.
On Wednesday, police released a 911 call from a friend of both the suspect and the victim.
The friend told dispatchers that Tobiassen showed her Longo's body and threatened to to hurt her family if she told anyone.
"He was like I just need somebody to talk to. I lost my job. We went over to where he lives and he was like you wont believe what I did," the caller explained. "He says, do you want to see this? I walked into the bathroom and I screamed. He opened up the shower and there was a body in there."
The caller, who police aren't identifying, told the dispatcher Tobiassen was out of it.
"He was like happy, like I thought it was a joke," said the caller "I can't believe he killed somebody in the bathroom like this. It sounded like he was on drugs. He wasn't making any sense."
It doesn't make sense to neighbor Pam Powell, who says she frequently saw the longtime roommates at the grocery store.
"They were both very pleasant together, like they were best friends. I can't believe one could turn on another one like that," said Powell.
She noted the victim was bigger than the suspect.
"For Scott to be able to overcome Jerry and do what he did, maybe there was a fatal blow in the beginning and it went off from there," said Powell.
The 911 caller says the suspect wanted what happened inside here, to stay inside here.
"Thank God he brought me home. He says you're the only person who knows about this. He said if this gets out I'll know it's you, I'm scared because he knows where I live, where my mom lives.
"I have to call the police. I can't know something like this and not do anything, " said the caller.
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