Man sought for arson, car theft, bank robbery in Gaston, Lincoln

04/04/2014 2:44 PM

04/04/2014 2:45 PM

Authorities in Gaston and Lincoln counties are looking for a man who allegedly went on a crime spree Wednesday.

Police accuse the suspect, identified as Jean Pierre Gendron, of setting his girlfriend’s home on fire and stealing her car outside Cherryville and then robbing a bank in Lincolnton. Authorities are asking the public’s help in finding the man.

According to Gaston County police, Gendron might be driving a 2004 burgundy Nissan Altima, with N.C. license tags ZWK-5567. That was the car he allegedly was driving after the bank robbery.

Police in Lincolnton said they believe Gendron was responsible for robbing the Peoples Bank branch in the 700 block of N.C. 27. That took place about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Police said the suspect demanded money and threatened a teller, although no weapon was displayed.

Authorities said Gendron has a Massachusetts accent. He is 49 years old, is 5 feet 7 and weighs 150 pounds. He has blue eyes and short-cropped blond hair.

Anyone with information as to Gendron’s whereabouts is asked to contact Gaston County ;olice at 704-866-3320 or Crime Stoppers, at 704-861-8000.

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

Charlotte Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service