Damon Lonzell McClendon pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery. The Security National Bank on West Main Street was robbed on Wednesday.

Toledo man pleads not guilty to Springfield bank robbery

A Toledo man was arraigned Thursday morning in Clark County Municipal Court on a robbery charge.

Damon Lonzell McClendon, 49, pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery, court records show. His bond was set at $50,000.

Officers were dispatched around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday to Security National Bank, 920 W. Main St., after dispatched dropped an emergency tone for a bank robbery, according to a Springfield police report.

Dispatch told police the suspect entered the bank and showed a note to the teller.

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When officers arrived, bystanders told them about two male suspects on bicycles that fled from the bank, the report says.

“Suspect Damon McClendon was apprehended in the area of W. Main St. and N. Yellowsprings St., and evidence was recovered from him linking him to the robbery,” the report says. “Suspect Lion Minor was apprehended at W. High St. and S. Yellowsprings St.”

Both McClendon and Minor were taken to the bank where the teller positively identified McClendon as the person that passed the note and received an unknown amount of money.

“(The teller) stated Mr. McClendon came into the bank, produced a written note demanding cash and gave her a shopping back to put it in,” the report says. “She placed the money in the bag and Mr. McClendon fled the bank on foot.”

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The bank posted a sign on its doors after the incident, saying it was unexpectedly closed but did not say why.

McClendon was arrested and charged with robbery. He is being held in the Clark County Jail. Minor was arrested and charged with drug paraphernalia, but has since been released.

The Security National Bank branch at 2730 E. Main St. was also robbed in January. No one was hurt when the masked gunman demanded money while customers were inside the bank.

The Security National Bank Western Office was previously robbed in June 2019 and again in July 2019 by a bandaged man who passed a note.

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