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St. Peters bank robbery suspect arrested after jumping into Mo. River to escape police

Police apprehended a suspect who allegedly robbed a Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union in St. Peters. The suspect jumped into the Missouri River in effort to escape. Credit: KMOV Police apprehended a suspect who allegedly robbed a Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union in St. Peters. The suspect jumped into the Missouri River in effort to escape. Credit: KMOV
Police believe this man robbed a Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union branch in St. Peters. Credit: St. Peters PD Police believe this man robbed a Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union branch in St. Peters. Credit: St. Peters PD
ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A man who robbed a Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union branch in St. Peters who led police on a chase and jumped into the Missouri River has been arrested.

Police have 44-year-old Austin Denson of Wentzville in custody after he robbed the bank in the 1400 block of Jungermann Road wearing a fake beard and sunglasses Monday morning.

Denson pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money during the robbery and ran away from the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, police sad.

A witness told police they then lost sight of the suspect behind a nearby business before spotting a maroon Pontiac G6 driving away at a high rate of speed.

Authorities said when St. Peters police later tried to arrest him at his home in the 600 block Glenshee Drive in Wentzille, they saw him getting into his Pontiac G6.

He then led officers on a chase into St. Louis County I-64, before he made his way back into St. Charles County on the Page Avenue Extension.

He then got onto eastbound I-70, stopped his car on the Blanchette Bridge and jumped into the Missouri River, authorities said.

The suspect then started floating northbound on the river. Officers in a boat tracked him down, and the suspect surrendered around 8 o'clock Monday night after floating in the water for around one hour.

Denson is now facing three counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of armed criminal action, felony resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm. 

The St. Charles County Prosector's Office issued robbery and armed criminal action charges for each teller he demanded money from at the Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union. 

The prosecutor office said Denson has a prior felony charge, which makes it unlawful for him to carry a gun. 

The handgun and money was recovered.

Denson is still recovering at a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. A mug shot of Denson will not be available until he is released from the hospital.

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