Man With Stoughton Ties Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery at Peabody Bank

By John Castelluccio

A 51-year-old East Boston man with a Stoughton connection pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to robbing a Peabody bank at gunpoint two years ago. During the course of the robbery, he held a gun to a male customer's neck and demanded money from bank tellers.

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. LePage appeared be living at 58 Saxon St. in Stoughton at the time of his arrest.

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.

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.


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