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Man wanted for NC bank robbery, arson arrested in MA

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A man wanted on bank robbery, larceny, arson and other charges in Lincoln and Gaston counties was arrested in Massachusetts Wednesday.

Officials believe 49-year-old Jean Pierre Gendron is responsible for a robbery at the Peoples Bank on Highway 27 West in Lincolnton in early April.

He reportedly went into the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. Lincolnton Police believe his original target was a bank across the street.

"He was seen inside the Carolina Trust Bank just before," said Lincolnton Police Lt. Brian Greene. "We believe he actually wrote a note inside that bank and carried it over to this bank."

Greene thinks Gendron was scared off by something, but he is not sure what.

Police said he also told the teller, "Give me all of the money and no dye packs or I will shoot you," before he left the store with an undisclosed amount of money. He never showed a weapon.

Later, officials said Gendron was also facing charges from the Gaston County Police Department, including arson and larceny of a motor vehicle, stemming from a domestic incident occurring just outside Cherryville earlier that week.

Gendron was arrested by US Marshals in Southbridge, Massachusetts, a week after the Lincolnton bank robbery.

Gendron was charged with breaking and entering and assault on a female in addition to the bank robbery, arson, and larceny charges.

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