(12/10/2008)
Bruce Fitzwater, of Calhoun Banks said the teller-on-duty remained calm and professional during last Friday's robbery.

"She followed the directions learned in training," Fitzwater said, handing over more than $15,000 in cash.

The amount of money was disclosed in the criminal complaint filed against Darin Stephen McClain, 25, (pictured left) who was arrested by Akron, Ohio police after the robbery.

While the cashier has not been identified, she surely suffered some fearful moments during her encounter with McClain.

The criminal complaint, filed by Cpl. D. P. Starcher, says McClain "handed a teller...a note, which stated the demand for monies. This note also stated that the defendant had a gun and would kill the bank teller if the demands...were not met."

The complaint appears to contradict an earlier report, indicating McClain entered the bank as opposed to approaching a drive-through window.

The bank teller complied with the demands of the note, "where the defendant further threatened the teller's life, expressing that the teller would have 30 seconds to comply or be killed."

The complaint says "identifying information was obtained by video, by the driver of the vehicle transporting the defendant to and from the bank location."

McClain was "also identified from photographs by persons knowing his identity and having contact with the defendant prior to and after the commission of this crime."

State Police towed a van from the Arnoldsburg area Friday night, which was likely used in some manner in the robbery, likely involving some local residents.

Sources have indicated McClain was visiting with acquaintances in Arnoldsburg area when he committed the robbery.

McClain, who has a number of arrests related to drugs in Ohio, is being extradited back to Calhoun County.

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