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Suspect arrested in Charlotte bank robbery

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- Mecklenburg County Jail photo
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Andre Valentino Pierre, 35, has been charged in connection with Thursday’s robbery of a First Citizens Bank branch in north Charlotte. (Mecklenburg County Jail photo.)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a man in connection with Thursday morning’s bank robbery in the University City area of north Charlotte.

Investigators say Andre Valentino Pierre, 35, was charged with common law robbery. Pierre was on federal probation for bank robbery in Ohio, according to police.

The robbery took place about 10 a.m. Thursday, when a man walked into the First Citizens Bank branch in the 8100 block of Mallard Creek Road and demanded money from a teller, according to police. Investigators say the suspect drove off in a Chrysler 200.

A tip from someone who saw a news story about the robbery led investigators to focus on Pierre as a suspect, police say.

Detectives caught up with Pierre near Nevin Road, but police say Pierre drove off when he saw detectives. Police called for a marked patrol car to make a traffic stop on Pierre’s car, and police say they finally stopped him in the 2900 block of Nevin Place Road.

According to police, Pierre admitted to the robbery while being questioned by detectives.

Anyone with additional information in the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107;

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