South Glens Falls man arrested in connection with bank robbery

January 13, 2018 11:16 PM

A bank robbery suspect sought in Lake George Friday afternoon has been caught.

45-year-old Nelson Gouge was arrested early Saturday morning in connection with the Trustco Bank holdup on Route 9L, according to the Warren County Sheriff.

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Police say Gouge is believed to be the man who went into the bank, handed the teller a note indicating he had a gun, and made off with several thousand dollars.

This is one in a series of recent bank robberies in that region over the last six weeks, but the investigation is pursuing as to whether those are related.

Sheriff Bud York said staff at the Warren County Jail noticed the man in surveillance photos because he had been in jail on felony charges repeatedly in recent years.

Gouge was tracked to the Clearview Motel around 1 in the morning.

He is being held in Warren County Jail pending arraignment on a warrant for an order of protection violation in Glens Falls and will face charges in the bank robbery at a later date.

Gouge has at least two prior felony convictions, and was arrested last March for an incident in which he allegedly stole a car and debit card from a woman.

He was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny in that incident - a felony - and misdemeanor counts of petit larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and non-criminal harassment in that case, according to Glens Falls Police records.

Gouge has previously been convincted for two other criminal contempt violations, including auto theft in 2013, serving 2 to 4 years in that case. His parole just ended last June.

The sheriff asked that anyone who saw Gouge or had interaction with him Friday before or after the robbery contact his agency at 518-743-2500.


Aidan Bean

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