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January 7, 2014

Man pleads guilty to Peabody bank robbery

PEABODY — Authorities say an East Boston man pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of armed robbery at Eastern Bank on Lynn Street in April 2011.

Mark Lepage, 51, pleaded guilty to charges of armed bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to a multi-agency press release. He is expected to be sentenced on April 3.

Wearing sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head, Lepage walked into the bank about 1 p.m. on April 4, 2011, grabbed a customer and held a gun to his neck, demanding money, according to the release.

Bank tellers handed over $21,709, after which Lepage fled the bank on foot.

Lepage was arrested in East Boston two days after the robbery and was indicted later that month.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Massachusetts State Police and Peabody police Chief Robert St. Pierre.

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