ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man who police believe robbed a north St. Louis bank and then hid inside a senior living center is in custody following a short standoff in north St. Louis.
According to authorities, a man wearing a hoodie walked into the Pulaski Bank in the 400 block of DeBalivere Avenue Friday morning. A security guard approached him and asked him to remove his hood. That’s when, officials say, the suspect pulled out a knife and a handgun.
The suspect then demanded money from a teller. The suspect left the bank with an undetermined amount of cash and ran away on foot.
About an hour after the bank robbery, officers searching the area spotted a man fitting the description witnesses provided to authorities from the bank robbery. The officers said the man ran into the Lacy Clay Senior Living Center near the intersection of Clara and Cates avenues.
Police shouted for the suspect to come out, but he refused.
During the standoff, officers evacuated residents, citing safety concerns.
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.