Police Released Identity Of Man Who Robbed Credit Union

June 21, 2017
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Photo by St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Photo by St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Authorities have released the identity of a man who robbed a St. Peters credit union and then led police on a chase before jumping off a bridge into the Missouri River in an attempt to escape.

The suspect has been identified as 44 year old Austin Denson of Wentzville. On Monday, Denson robbed the Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union at gunpoint. Police say Denson had almost robbed another bank in O’Fallon last week but he told them that he changed his mind when he saw how scared the bank teller was. Surveillance footage from the robbery that almost occurred actually helped to lead police to Denson. That footage showed the license plate on Denson’s vehicle, which was the same vehicle he used to get away following the credit union robbery. After being removed from the river and taken into custody, Denson told police where he had hidden the money and his gun. About half of the money was recovered.

Denson has been charged with three counts of robbery, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of felony resisting arrest. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm due to a prior felony. His bail was set at $200,000.

In a strange twist, Denson’s ex-wife actually led police on a similar chase after an armed robbery in 2012. Helen Denson held up a gas station using a rifle and she pleaded guilty in 2014 to second-degree robbery, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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