Suspect who robbed bank, hid in senior living center charged

Suspect who robbed bank, hid in senior living center charged

Brian Johnson, 21, has been charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 12:11 PM

Standoff, bank robbery

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man who police say robbed a north St. Louis bank and then hid inside a senior living center on Friday has been charged.

Brian Johnson, 21, from the 800 block of Clara in St. Louis, has been charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

According to authorities, Johnson was wearing a hoodie when he walked into the Pulaski Bank in the 400 block of DeBalivere Avenue. A security guard approached him and asked him to remove his hood. That’s when, officials say, Johnson pulled out a knife and a handgun.

Johnson later left the bank with an unknown amount of money.

About an hour after the robbery, officers were searching the area and spotted Johnson. He fit the description witnesses provided from the robbery. The officers said Johnson ran into the Lacy Clay Senior Living Center near the intersection of Clara and Cates avenues when he saw them.

Officers said Johnson refused to come out of the building, but refused. Residents of the living center were evacuated due to safety concerns.

After a short standoff, the suspect surrendered to authorities.

Captain Joe Spiess said the suspect’s mother lived at the facility. She talked to police to fill them in on her son’s mental health problems which helped negotiators convince the suspect to surrender.

Authorities recovered money and a weapon from the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Johnson's bond has been set at $100,000 cash only.

 

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