East Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery at Peabody Bank
During the course of the robbery at the Eastern Bank on Lynn Street in 2011, the robber held a gun to a male customer and then pointed it at bank tellers, demanding money.
Mark LePage, 51, of East Boston, was charged with armed bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 3 at U.S. District Court in Boston.
Authorities say LePage walked into the Eastern Bank at 102 Lynn St. on April 4, 2011 around 1:15 p.m., carrying a handgun and wearing sunglasses and a gray hooded sweatshirt pulled up over his head.
He then grabbed a male customer, held the gun to the man's neck and demanded money, also pointing the gun at bank tellers. Authorities say three tellers handed over $21,709 and Lepage fled the bank, driving off in a sedan.
"Give me all the money, no dye packs or alarms or I will shoot," LePage told tellers, according to court documents.
He was arrested in East Boston two days later and indicted that April. At the time, he appeared to be living in Stoughton.
Investigators also learned that LePage was fired two weeks before the robbery from Atlantic Office Furniture Liquidators in Lynn because of drug use.
LePage faces up to 25 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
The case is being prosecuted by David Tobin and Carlos López of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.
Monday's announcement was jointly made by Ortiz, FBI Special Agent in charge of the Boston Field Division Vincent Lisi, Mass. State Police Superintendent Col. Timothy Alben and Interim Peabody Police Chief Robert St. Pierre.