A Gaston County man was in jail Wednesday, charged with trying to rob a Gastonia bank by asking a teller to give him money so he could ransom his kidnapped children.
Jorge Manuel Ortiz Zarco, 20, of Lowell, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with an attempted robbery at the Bank of America branch in the 300 block of South New Hope Road, police say.
According to police, a man entered the bank shortly before 11:15 a.m. and gave a note to the teller. The note said the man needed money because his children had been kidnapped.
The man fled without getting any money. No injuries were reported, police say.
Investigators were able to determine an identity of the suspect and arrested him a short time later in Lowell. Police say the suspect admitted there was no kidnapping. It is not clear if Zarco has any children.
Zarco was charged with common law robbery and was being held Wednesday under $150,000 bond.
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