Bank robbery suspect apprehended outside Brattleboro bank
By Susan Smallheer
Staff Writer | July 20,2013
BRATTLEBORO — A retired Brattleboro police officer is believed to have played a key role in the apprehension of a suspected bank robber in downtown Brattleboro on Friday morning.
Brattleboro police said Shawn Arguin, 42, no address given, was arrested and charged in connection with a robbery at the Key Bank.
Photos posted on Facebook on Friday showed former longtime Brattleboro Police Officer John “Zippo” Frechette crouched over a handcuffed man who is face down on the sidewalk outside the bank. Other unidentified police officers in uniform are standing by.
Brattleboro Police Lt. Robert Kirkpatrick said Arguin had refused to give police his address, and police didn’t know where he was from. He said no one was hurt in the incident, which took place shortly before 10 a.m.
“He has not divulged a whole lot to us,” Kirkpatrick said.
He said the bank robbery was still under investigation, and Arguin would be arraigned in Brattleboro criminal court Monday. He said Arguin was being held at the Springfield prison.
He said police had responded to a call of a bank robbery in progress and took Arguin into custody as he was leaving the bank.
Police said Vermont State Police and the state Department of Motor Vehicles also assisted at the scene.
Key Bank,located on Main Street, was closed for the day after the robbery. The building is also home to the office of the Windham County State’s Attorney’s office.
Earlier this week, a Brattleboro man was sentenced for a different Main Street bank robbery. Nathaniel Kautz, 29, was sentenced to two to 10 years for robbing the TD Bank on April 21, 2012. Kautz netted about $2,000 in the robbery and dropped some of it while fleeing the bank. Kautz has a history of mental illness, as well as heroin addiction.