November 13, 2013

Police: NC man used children in plan to rob bank

Gastonia police say a man told bank tellers he needed money to ransom his kidnapped children during an attempted robbery Tuesday.

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.

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