Man accused of burning down ex-girlfriend’s house, robbing bank

Jean Pierre Gendron

Jean Pierre Gendron

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Police are searching for a man accused of burning down his girlfriend’s house and robbing a bank.

Police are looking for Jean Pierre Gendron, who they say has a long criminal history and officials now fear that he has money to buy even more gun.

Police consider him armed and dangerous.

They said he could be in Gastonia, Cherryville, Lincolnton or he could be fleeing the state in a stolen car.

Gendron is 49 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 147 pounds.

He has a noticeable Boston accent and multiple tattoos, including a cross on his left arm and the word “jade” on his back.

According to WSOC, Gendron’s latest crime spree started Monday at his ex-girlfriend’s home in Cherryville. Her neighbor called 911 after a car stopped to tell him the home was on fire, according to authorities.

Officials believe Gendron started the fire.

Two days later, authorities said he showed up at a bank in Lincolnton.

According to police, Gendron gave the teller at People’s Bank a note demanding money and told that teller to give him no dye packs or he’d shoot.

He got away with cash, which authorities believe makes him especially dangerous.

He left the bank in a stolen burgundy 2004 Nissan Altima, according to investigators.

The stolen Altima has North Carolina plates, ZWK-5567.

Anyone who sees the suspect or the car is urged to call police and not to approach Gendron.

Source: WSOC