Wentzville Man Charged After Police Pursuit, Jump from Blanchette Bridge

St. Peters Bank Robbery Suspect

A 43-year-old Wentzville man was charged Tuesday after being identified as a suspect in a St. Peters bank robbery, fleeing police, jumping off the Blanchette Bridge, and being apprehended by police in boats on the Missouri River Monday evening.

Austin R. Denson, with an address in the 600 block of Glenshee in Wentzville, was charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of armed criminal action, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm. All the charges are felonies.

St. Peters police posted surveillance photos on their Facebook page Monday afternoon of a suspect in a robbery at the Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union on Jungermann Road. The suspect was described as a heavy-set white male, approximately 30 years old, wearing a gray hoodie, gloves, sunglasses, and a fake beard.

“Witnesses said when the white male subject entered the bank he displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The employees complied with his request and he left with an undisclosed amount of cash,” police reported.

According to a Fox2News story, a tip led police to the suspect’s home in Wentzville, and then on a pursuit that ended on the Blanchette Bridge, where the suspect abandoned his car and jumped into the river.