St. Louis County serial bank robbery suspect arrested after police chase

2013-01-10T13:06:00Z 2013-01-15T13:27:56Z St. Louis County serial bank robbery suspect arrested after police chaseBY JOEL CURRIER jcurrier@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8256 stltoday.com

ST. LOUIS COUNTY   •   Police say a man hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after a police chase is suspected in several recent bank robberies at grocery stores. 

About 2 p.m., the man fled Brentwood and Overland police officers who had been watching him in the Ferguson area from unmarked cars as part of a joint investigation, said Overland Police Chief Michael Laws.

The man refused to stop for police and led officers from several departments on a chase through St. Louis County that ended in a crash at James S. McDonnell Boulevard and Banshee Road, Laws said. Several departments were involved including Berkeley, St. Ann and the highway patrol.

Police have not yet released the suspect's name but said he was wanted for questioning in several recent bank robberies at area grocers.

Police in Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Overland, Brentwood, Maryland Heights and elsewhere have been looking for suspects in recent grocery store bank robberies.

The suspect struck an airport maintenance truck shortly before the chase ended. Laws said he didn't think the truck driver was hurt. The suspect was taken to a hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening.

Laws said police from several departments are collaborating on the investigation. Police believe the suspect may have been working with others to rob banks in the area.

Charges are pending against the man.

Joel Currier is a breaking news reporter for STLtoday.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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