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Suspect shoots self after bank robbery, hostage-taking

Posted March 26, 2010

— A suspected bank robber shot himself in the head Thursday after he allegedly held a Roanoke Rapids family hostage, police said.

A man armed with a silver handgun – identified by police as Nicholas Pierre Clark, 28, of Roanoke Rapids – robbed the First Citizens Bank on East 10th Street around 3:30 p.m. Witnesses said he fled on foot down Drake Street.

Officers found the stolen money and a pair of sunglasses in the yard of a house at 1308 Patsy Albritton St., police said. They found the residents of the home in the attic. Once they were out of the house, the residents told police that a man armed with a handgun had taken them hostage and was still in the house.

Police said that officers found Clark hiding behind a dresser, and when confronted, he shot himself.

Clark was transported to Halifax County Regional Medical Center, then flown to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. He was in critical condition Friday afternoon.

Pending against Clark are charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, felony breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Clark was released from prison in December after serving a nearly two-year sentence for violating his probation, according to state Department of Correction records. That probation stemmed from 2004 convictions on two counts of common-law robbery and one count each of attempted assault inflicting serious bodily injury, driving while impaired and speeding to elude arrest.


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  • wildcat Mar 26, 2010

    Well he chose the coward's way out. May the family be OK in time.

  • ccs1920 Mar 26, 2010

    And we are told that we should not stereotype. If you keep up with the news you can't help it.

  • Glass Half Full Mar 26, 2010

    Waste of resources. If he shot himself in the head, let it be. Now the taxpayers will get hung with all the medical bills.

  • YA RECKON Mar 26, 2010

    Wonder if he has healthcare coverage ?

  • Mean Mr. Mustard Mar 26, 2010

    Talk about a waste of a hospital bed.......

  • PManTosh Mar 26, 2010

    Sorry meant to say 10-08-Zero-1 report filed, had someone yelling in my ear!

  • PManTosh Mar 26, 2010

    10-01 report filed

  • working for deadbeats Mar 26, 2010

    Thank you!!

  • dougalu Mar 26, 2010

    He should have been in jail...

  • euimport Mar 26, 2010

    good news all around.