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For Immediate Release

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March 19, 2010 Michael R. Regan, United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-2213
U.S. Marshals Arrest Monroe County Bank Robbery Suspect
Citizen’s Bank in Blakeslee was robbed in December 2008

Scranton, PA – U.S. Marshal Michael R. Regan announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Gregory Edward Wagner in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Wagner was being sought on an arrest warrant, dated January 8, 2009, and signed by Magisterial District Judge Richard Claypool in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania.

During the late morning hours of December 30, 2008, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police (PMRP) Department was notified that the Citizen’s Bank in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County had been robbed. Their investigation revealed a middle-aged white male entered the bank inside Ahart’s Supermarket in the Blakeslee Plaza shortly before 11:00AM. The suspect sprayed lighter fluid on the bank counter, as well as the area near and around the bank teller. The suspect had one hand in his pocket, and allegedly threatened to ignite the fluid. The robber made demands to the teller about filling a bag with money. The teller complied, and the suspect fled the scene. As a result of PMRP’s investigation, an arrest warrant issued against Wagner, charging him with:

  • 3 counts of Robbery
  • 1 count of Theft by Unlawful Taking
  • 1 count of Receiving Stolen Property
  • 1 count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person

In January 2009, investigators determined Wagner had been living in Drums, Butler Township, and Luzerne County prior to the bank robbery. Shortly after the bank robbery, Wagner fled from the Drums area. His whereabouts have been unknown to date.

On February 24, 2010, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend Wagner. This fugitive case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshals based in Scranton, working together with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, conducted interviews and reviewed all existing information. Leads were developed on Wagner’s possible whereabouts outside of Pennsylvania.

In early March, an investigative lead was sent to U.S. Marshals in Florence, South Carolina. This led to the focus of the fugitive investigation then changing to the greater Charlotte area of North Carolina. U.S. Marshals determined Wagner and a female companion had been living at an Extended Stay America hotel in Charlotte since March 2009. U.S. Marshals also determined Wagner and the female had recently moved into a house in the 11000 block of April Day Lane in Charlotte.

On March 19 at approximately 12:00PM, U.S. Marshals from Charlotte arrested Wagner in the drive-thru of a McDonald’s Restaurant on Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte. Wagner was the driver of an SUV occupied by four other individuals. This included his female companion, the female’s daughter, and two infant children in car seats.

Wagner did not resist arrest. When taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, the fugitive identified himself as Greg Wagner.

Wagner, 54 years of age, was turned over to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for processing as a fugitive from justice. He was committed to the Mecklenburg County Prison, pending a court appearance and any further hearings relating to his extradition to Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshals, assisted by the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, were diligent in their search for Wagner. The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous and violent offenders.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.