By Jason A. Smith
A Henry County man suspected of holding up an area bank on New Year's Eve, reportedly told police he did so after falling on hard times financially.
Daniel Randolph McKeen, 36, is charged with one count of robbery. He was being held Friday in the Henry County Jail.
The alleged incident took place at approximately 10 a.m., Wednesday at the First State Bank at 1908 Ga. Highway 81 E., in McDonough. Henry County Police said McKeen came into the bank unarmed and wearing sunglasses, camouflage clothing, and with a green scarf covering his face.
He then, allegedly demanded money from a teller, and fled the scene.
Shortly after the heist, investigators determined that McKeen was a "person of interest" in the case. Police Detective Wayne Bender said the suspect had "raised suspicion" when he came into the bank the day before the incident. "He went to the same bank teller [Wednesday], and she recognized his voice."
Police reportedly apprehended McKeen Thursday after receiving assistance from the McDonough Police Department and local residents, who called authorities following the robbery.
According to Detective Bender, the suspect was "very cooperative" and "very remorseful." "He had lost his job as a truck driver in October, and desperate times call for desperate measures," Bender said.
McKeen's attorney, Jeff Cofer, with the Public Defender's Office, said his "despondent" client was trying to find a way to provide for his family. "After his arrest, nearly all the money was recovered," said Cofer. "He had spent $80 on gas."
McKeen appeared Friday in Henry County Magistrate Court, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charge against him. Several family members and friends of the suspect were in the courtroom, but declined to make a statement.
Judge Nichole Reynolds set bond at $5,000 for McKeen, whose case was bound over to Henry County Superior Court.