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Police Arrest Suspects After Robbery and Pursuit

Absolute Maliki PendletonOn Thursday April 2, 2020, Gaston County Police were stationed at one of the Gaston County School meal pick-up locations when a passerby notified the officer that someone at the location had been assaulted and possibly robbed.  The officer quickly identified the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop it.  The car fled and a short vehicle pursuit ensued.  The car eventually pulled over and was found to be reported stolen out of Charlotte, NC.  All four occupants were arrested without incident and three of them, to include the driver, were teenage juveniles.  The only adult in the car was Absolute Maliki Pendleton, 19 years old, of the 1700 block W. Davidson Avenue, Gastonia, NC.  Pendleton was charged with seven crimes, four of which were felonies.  Three of the felony charges were Solicit and/or Coerce juveniles to Participate in Gang Activity. Pendleton was ordered held at the Gaston County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond.

The Gaston County Police worked cooperatively with the Gastonia Police Department on this investigation subsequent to the subjects being arrested.

For further information, contact Captain Leatherwood or Captain Dover at (704) 866-3320.