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66-year-old suspect in Maine bank robbery pleads not guilty, remains in custody


BANGOR, Maine — A 66-year-old Maine man police say claimed to have a grenade and a gun when he robbed a Hallowell bank in June has pleaded not guilty.

John Cecil Slater entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court and remains in custody.

Prosecutors say Slater, wearing a straw hat and sports coat, robbed a Bank of Maine branch on June 23, making off with $15,000.

The Kennebec Journal ( ) reports that he passed a note to a teller that read in part: "I have a hand grenade, and a gun, no marked bills, or inked, if so, one day I will come back and kill all of you."

Slater was arrested in New Hampshire on July 9 after several people recognized the suspect's image from bank surveillance that appeared in the media.

Information from: Kennebec Journal,

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