Man accused in downtown armed crime spree faces 6 felony charges - KMOV.com

Man accused in downtown armed crime spree faces 6 felony charges

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Gregory Forest, 54, faces charges for three bank robberies, resisting detention and allegedly stealing a woman's car. Gregory Forest, 54, faces charges for three bank robberies, resisting detention and allegedly stealing a woman's car.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A suspect accused of three downtown St. Louis armed bank robberies and stealing a woman's car at gunpoint over the course of 12 days was arrested on Tuesday and charged for six crimes.

On May 8, 54-year-old Gregory Forest of St. Louis entered an apartment building garage in the 900 block of Olive Street downtown and attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint, according to charging documents.

Forest then allegedly pointed a gun at the victim's abdomen and was able to take the woman's Chrysler Pacifica and leave the garage.

Three days later, Forest entered the US Bank branch in the 700 block of Locust and reportedly implied he had a weapon while demanding money from the teller. The teller complied and Forest got away from the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

On May 14, a police officer reportedly saw Forest driving in the stolen Pacifica downtown. According to the officer, Forest violated traffic signals and drove the wrong direction on a one-way street while the officer attempted to stop and detain Forest.

The next alleged crime Forest was charged for occurred on May 16, when Forest entered a branch of US Bank in the 4300 block of Lindell Blvd. According to charges filed against him, Forest demanded money from the bank teller and threatened use of a weapon before getting away.

In his third alleged bank robbery, Forest went into Pulaski Bank in the 900 block of Olive and threatened a bank teller, implying he had a gun in his possession. The teller provided Forest with a bag of money, to which he added a tracking device.

After a brief struggle with the bank's security guard, Forest left the bank with the bag containing the money and the hidden tracking device.

Law enforcement was able to find Forest using the tracking device inside the bag and took him into custody without a struggle.

Once in police custody, Forest allegedly made a statement admitting to the crimes.

Forest is charged with four counts of first degree robbery, one count of armed criminal action and one count of resisting detention, all felony charges.
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