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Bank robber jumps off bridge into Missouri River to get away from police

By Mason White 5:13 PM June 22, 2017
Bridge above river (illustration)
Bridge above river (illustration)
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A bank robber risked his life to get away from police, according to police in Missouri.

The St. Charles Police Department said that they have arrested 44-year-old Austin Denson, after being accused of robbing the Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union.

Denson was charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of armed criminal action, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He was taken to the hospital after suffering life threatening injuries.

According to the police investigation, on Monday, at around 10:00 a.m., Denson entered the Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union located in the 1400 block of Jungermann Road.

He disguised himself with a fake beard. He pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash.

Denson left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police caught up with Denson as he was getting into his car. Denson fled from the scene and headed to the Blanchette Bridge.

He parked his car on the eastbound lanes, and jumped off the bridge into the Missouri River. Witnesses at the scene said that Denson was not wearing a life vest and it appeared as if he wanted to kill himself by drowning.

Luckily, members of the Pattonville Fire Protection District were able to get to Denson in time and he was pulled out of the water.