Bank robbery suspect competent to stand trial

A Shawano man accused of robbing the CoVantage Credit Union in April was found competent to stand trial Friday and is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court.

Darrin H. Church, 48, is accused of robbing the CoVantage Credit Union at 911 E. Green Bay St. and attempting to rob Cash Tyme at 705 E. Green Bay St. on the same day.

After a court hearing in June, it had been determined Church was not presently competent to stand trial but could become competent if treated. He was ordered held for treatment and was incarcerated since then at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.

He is back in Shawano County Jail as a result of Friday’s ruling by Judge William Kussel Jr.

According to the criminal complaint, Church walked into the the CoVantage Credit Union just after 3:30 p.m. on April 8 and passed a note to the teller demanding money. He allegedly made off with more than $6,000 in cash.

He is also accused of trying to pass a similar note to a teller at Cash Tyme shortly before the CoVantage robbery.

Church had been contacted earlier in the day by sheriff’s deputies who warned him he had to turn over more than $400 he had collected from the sale of Girl Scout cookies to the Scout leaders. Church told deputies he would pay for the cookies later that day.

Church had also been confronted the day before about unpaid rent, according to the criminal complaint.

After his arrest, Church initially told authorities he had gotten money from his aunt. However, he later admitted to writing the robbery notes at Cash Tyme and CoVantage, as well as one he wrote at Bank Mutual but did not use.

The note was apparently discarded by Church and has not been recovered, but Church told police the note read, “Give me all the money and hurry and everything will be OK.”

Church could face up to 40 years in prison if found guilty.

He is also charged in separate complaints with misdemeanor counts of defrauding a taxicab driver, issuing worthless checks and bail jumping.

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