Updated at 10:25 p.m. with more details
ST. PETERS • Police used rescue boats to arrest an armed robbery suspect after he jumped off a bridge into the Missouri River during a pursuit from Wentzville to St. Louis County and back into St. Charles County.
The man allegedly robbed Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union, at 1421 Jungermann Road, at about 10:37 a.m. Monday and demanded money. He was carrying a semi-automatic handgun, police said.
After taking money, he reportedly ran toward Triad Center Drive, which is west of the credit union. A witness told police they saw a maroon Pontiac G6 leave Triad Center Drive after they lost sight of the suspect.
Police released surveillance photos of the robber and asked the public for help identifying and locating him. Police described him as a heavy-set white male, about 30 years old and last seen wearing a gray hoodie, gloves, a fake beard and glasses.
After receiving tips from an area business, police attempted to take a suspect into custody at his home on Glenshee Drive in Wentzville. Detectives spotted the man getting into his maroon Pontiac G6 but he fled when they attempted to stop him, she said.
He led police on a pursuit down eastbound Highway 40 (Interstate 64) to northbound Interstate 270, then to westbound Highway 364 and eastbound Highway 94 before he eventually traveled east on Interstate 70.
Then he stopped his car on the Blanchette Bridge, got out and jumped into the river, police said.
He survived the jump into the river and started floating northbound, police said. The St. Charles City Fire Department immediately sent three rescue boats with police from area agencies on board. The boats surrounded the man just north of Highway 370.
He claimed he had a gun but never produced it, police said. Police officers were eventually able to talk…