ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOX) – The search has ended for a 44-year-old man who held up a St. Peters credit union at gunpoint Monday morning.
Shortly after 10:30 a.m., the suspect – wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses, and a thick black beard that police call an “obvious disguise” – walked into the Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union in the 1400 block of Jungermann Road, displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.
He left on foot after he was given an undetermined amount of cash, crossing the street to the area of Triad Center Drive.
Moments later, a witness reported seeing a maroon Pontiac G6 leave that area at a high rate of speed.
Within a few hours, a St. Charles business contacted the St. Peters Police Department with information on the suspect. Police attempted to take the suspect into custody at his residence in the 600 block of Glenshee Drive in Wentzville, Mo.
Around 5:30 p.m., police spotted the suspect getting into his Pontiac G6 and when they attempted to stop him – he fled the area leading them on a pursuit.
The pursuit went from 40 eastbound to 270 northbound and after several turns, it continued to 70 eastbound. He stopped his vehicle on the Blanchette Bridge, exited the vehicle, and jumped into the river.
The suspect did survive the fall into the river and floated north in the Missouri River. St. Charles Fire Department sent three rescue boats into the river in attempt to take the suspect into custody.
The suspect surrendered to officers after one hour in the water. After being pulled out of the water, no weapon was retrieved and he was safely taken into custody and transported to a hospital for evaluation.
Charges will be sent to the St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. David Beckman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (636) 278-2244, ext. 3530.
There’s also an anonymous tip hotline at (636) 278-1000.