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South County elementary school closes after robbery suspect found dead

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Police responded to a shooting outside of Blades Elementary School Friday morning. By Stephanie Baumer Police responded to a shooting outside of Blades Elementary School Friday morning. By Stephanie Baumer
By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer
By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A man suspected of robbing two people at a South County ATM took his own life in front of an elementary school early Friday morning.

Around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning, police responded to a Bank of America in the 4500 block of Lemay Ferry for a report of an armed robbery. The robbery victim told police a man armed with a rifle took an undisclosed amount of cash and his cell phone from him after he finished using the ATM.

A couple of hours after the first armed robbery, the suspect returned to the Bank of America and robbed another man, police say. The suspect, again armed with a rifle, took cash and a cell phone from the victim.

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The victim of the second robbery told police he saw the suspect get into a dark blue pickup truck.

Police began searching for the truck and saw a vehicle with a similar description near the bank. The pickup was driving with no lights on behind Rich and Charlie’s restaurant. Police say the vehicle failed to stop when police attempted to pull it over and a short pursuit began.

According to authorities, the suspect, who was identified as 24-year-old Nickolas Graylike, entered the circle drive in front of Blades Elementary School on Patterson Road. Police say Graylike yelled something at police from inside his vehicle, then they heard a gunshot from inside the truck.

Upon hearing the blast, one of the officers returned fire. According to Sgt. Brian Schellman with St. Louis County Police, investigators do not believe any of those shots hit the suspect. Officers found Graylike inside the truck with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Investigators recovered a long gun from the vehicle along with other property. They are working to determine whether any of it belongs to the victims of the ATM robberies. 

District officials closed Blades Elementary for the rest of the day. 

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