Suspects in extortion case free on bail |

Suspects in extortion case free on bail

by Aurora Sain

Two men accused in the burglary, robbery and exploitation of a 74-year-old Minden resident appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday.

According to the victim, Sonny Sterio, 41, and Michael John, 39, followed him from the Carson City Smith’s to Home Depot telling him that they would detail his car.

They asked him what medication he was taking for pain after they saw he had to use a walker. They then followed the victim to his home, where John allegedly walked in and took a bottle of medication.

Sterio later came in and said the car was finished, and they demanded $900.

The victim gave them $200, and said he would not be able to get any more money until Saturday.

On Aug. 22, Sterio and John were arrested after police received a call from the bank and found them waiting for the man outside. They were both taken into custody.

Both men denied the charges when they appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Monday. They said they would hire their own attorneys to represent them in the case.

Neither man appeared with an attorney in court Wednesday morning.

Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins granted Sterio a lower bail amount of $100,000, and decided to consolidate the two cases for a pre-trial date of Sept. 2. Sterio was released on Thursday morning.

Both men were being required to wear GPS devices while free on bail.