Suspect Charged for Armed Robberies and Attempted Murder of Three Gastonia Police Officers

Gastonia, N.C. - December 31, 2021 - Detectives from the Gastonia Police Department (GPD) have arrested and charged Charles Thomas Cole, age 33, of Gastonia, with multiple felonies, including the December 29 attempted murder of three Gastonia Police Department officers. Cole was arrested yesterday evening at a residence in Gastonia. 

The following incidents were investigated by GPD detectives who suspect were committed by Cole:

On December 30,  the suspect’s vehicle was located parked in front of a residence on N. Pryor Street. GPD detectives responded and obtained a search warrant for the residence. During the search warrant, investigators located Cole and evidence from the robberies inside the home.

Cole was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Seven counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • Three counts of attempted first-degree murder (government officials)
  • First-degree kidnapping
  • Two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Larceny of a firearm

Cole is being held on a five-million-dollar bond.

Statement from Chief Brittain Regarding Arrest of Charles Cole:

      “We are thankful for the peaceful arrest of Mr. Cole.  The incidents leading up to his arrest show the dangers that our officers face.  We appreciate the support of the public and dedication of our staff.”


Charles Cole



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