Crime & Courts

Gaston-Lincoln suspect caught in Massachusetts

A man wanted in Gaston and Lincoln counties for allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend’s home and robbing a Lincolnton bank was captured Wednesday in Massachusetts.

Police in Charlton, Mass., say he robbed a TD Bank branch in a nearby town, then attempted to catch a bus back to North Carolina.

Jean Pierre Gendron was taken into custody by police in Sturbridge, Mass. That is about 35 miles east of Springfield, Mass., and 65 miles west of Boston.

According to the Worcester Telegram, Gendron had called a cab to pick him up near the bank after the alleged robbery. Police in Massachusetts told the Telegram that Gendron planned to catch a bus and return to North Carolina.

Sturbridge police said he was charged with bank robbery and disorderly conduct.

He was wanted in Gaston County on charges of arson and larceny of a motor vehicle last week. Lincoln County officials wanted him in connection with a Lincolnton bank robbery.

Gaston authorities allege Gendron set fire to his girlfriend’s house and stole her car before the bank robbery.

Gaston County Police said a massive manhunt, stretching from North Carolina to Massachusetts, took place before Gendron was captured Wednesday. Police said Gendron is a former Massachusetts resident.