Friends react to suspicious device suspect's arrest

HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
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HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - By all accounts from those who knew him, Larry North, the man charged in the suspicious devices case, was a well-liked and soft spoken man who never revealed his anger at anyone or any government agency.

North's arrest is the talk of Henderson, as most were expressing surprise over the arrest of a man who was well known as a likeable character.

"Well, [he] seemed just like an easy going, loving man that fit in with the community," said Mark Gibson, a Henderson businessman.

"I was surprised that he was the one that was doing it," said Shondra McClenton.

Restaurant owner, Bob Allen, was a longtime friend, and North often came to his restaurant to eat.

"It just knocked my socks off because when I saw Larry, I said, 'Lord, have mercy! Not Larry,'" said Allen. "That was the furthest thing from my mind and I had nobody in mind but sure not him."

Friends and acquaintances say North showed no signs of bitterness or a dark side, rarely ever talking about the accident that left him in a wheelchair.

"I never even heard him complain about his wheelchair not anything," said Allen.

"Well, I think the disturbing part is we don't get to know our neighbors and the other people in our community," said Carol Roberts.

"I feel sorry for him because overall I feel he was considered to be a very fine man, and I'm surprised and I feel sorry for him," said Francis Gibson.

Now, they question themselves about what they really knew about North.

"Very nice, you know if there was anything wrong you couldn't tell," said Allen. "I couldn't. He was a very nice guy."

"It's definitely a shock when you think you know someone and they turn out to be the exact opposite of who you think they are," said Amanda Harris, with Mojoe's Coffee Cafe.

Syrup Festival Organizers say North actually drove the kids' barrel train at the festival during the late 1990's, but have not been back in recent years.

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