The suspect in the Friday morning robbery of a bank in Manchester was apprehended early Saturday morning in Connecticut, Kennebec County Sheriff Ryan Reardon said.

Clinton Richard Damboise, 40, of Belgrade, was arrested without incident at a hotel in Southington, Connecticut, by local authorities working with a Maine Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Investigator, the sheriff said in a news release.

A warrant for Damboise’s arrest on charges of felony theft and robbery was issued Friday afternoon after he was identified as the suspect in the robbery of the Camden National Bank at the intersection of Western Avenue and Pond Road in Manchester.

Damboise allegedly approached a bank teller, said he had a gun and left with an undisclosed amount of money. Bank employees told police that the suspect left the bank on foot headed toward a nearby karate studio, but it wasn’t clear Friday whether he had a vehicle.

Reardon said in a news release Friday that Damboise was known to visit Connecticut frequently. He was arrested on several warrants in place prior to the alleged bank robbery and will be held in Connecticut until an extradition proceeding occurs.

After authorities were aware of Damboise’s possible presence in Southington, he was found at a hotel, which was partially evacuated. With the help of a SWAT team, Connecticut officers entered the hotel room and apprehended Damboise without incident.

Reardon said Kennebec deputies were aware of threats Damboise had made against law enforcement and said he was not planning on going back to jail, which is why the SWAT unit was used.

The investigation into the robbery in Manchester is ongoing, Reardon said, and authorities are considering the possibility that Damboise was working with an accomplice. Reardon said some leads still are being followed, and he encouraged the public to contact the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office with any information about the case.


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