Alleged bank robber has day in court

Monday July 22, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Moments after collecting two stacks of $20 bills from a startled teller at Key Bank in Brattleboro Friday morning, a Florida man sat down and requested that employees call the police, court documents say.

Shawn M. Arguin, 42, then informed the manager that he had robbed the bank and placed the cash on a kiosk in the lobby before police arrested him, authorities allege.

Arguin, whose address was listed as Jacksonville, Fla., was arraigned Monday on felony counts of grand larceny and larceny from a person in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division. He was returned to prison in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Arguin allegedly walked into the bank at 185 Main St. just before 10 a.m. Friday. A bank employee told police he looked like a "normal person" who might have been "looking for a deposit slip or a withdrawal slip."

But Arguin then approached the employee and said, "I'm robbing you," demanding $50 bills and $100 bills, a police affidavit says. The teller removed all of the bills in those denominations from her cash drawer and placed them on a counter along with two stacks of $20 bills.

Arguin told her, "Don't worry, call the police," court documents say.

He collected the $20 bills and "sat in a chair across from the teller area and watched her," investigators wrote.

The teller reported that, "when she did not contact emergency services right away, the male subject asked her, 'Have you pushed your button, have you called yet?" and became "really angry."

"I could tell that he wanted to be caught," the bank employee told police, according to the affidavit. "I didn't know if he was going to retaliate to me. When he was sitting down waiting for me to call, he was shaking a lot."

The teller then pressed a panic button and reported the robbery.

In the meantime, Arguin also approached the bank's manager and said, "I just robbed her and here's the money," the affidavit says.

"That subject then placed the two stacks of $20 bills on a kiosk in the center of the lobby area in the bank."

At some point, retired Brattleboro police Officer John Frechette had entered the bank as a customer. He spotted responding officers outside, and the manager informed him that the man in the lobby had just robbed the bank.

"At that time, the male subject spoke to Frechette, asking him if he was a 'cop,'" the affidavit says. "Frechette stated that he was and took custody of the male subject."

Police counted the money handed over by the teller and found that Arguin had "attempted to steal" $7,150 in $20, $50 and $100 bills, court papers say.

Mike Faher can be reached at or 802-254-2311, ext. 275.


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