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Bank Robbery Suspect Disappears After Jumping Into River

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Police in Pueblo search for a bank robber who jumped into the Arkansas River (credit: Pueblo Police)

Police in Pueblo search for a bank robber who jumped into the Arkansas River (credit: Pueblo Police)

PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4)- A bank robber jumped into the Arkansas River to get away from police in Pueblo during a chase. He never surfaced.

Police in Pueblo rushed to Security Service Federal Credit Union located at 310 E. Abriendo Ave. about 2 p.m. on reports of a bank robbery.

A man walked into the bank, demanded money and then left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

When officers arrived witnesses began pointing to the river trail. Officers spotted a man matching the bank robber’s description running east down the river trail and began a foot pursuit.

When officers got closer to the suspect near the Santa Fe Bridge, he jumped into the river just above the spillway near the walking bridge.

The suspect swam to a concrete pillar in the middle of the river when he began taunting officers before taking off his shoes and jumping into the spillway.

Police in Pueblo search for a bank robber who jumped into the Arkansas River (credit: Pueblo Police)

Police in Pueblo search for a bank robber who jumped into the Arkansas River (credit: Pueblo Police)

Officers saw him come back to the surface briefly before being quickly swept into the undertow. He did not resurface.

Pueblo police officers are working in conjunction with the fire department’s water rescue team as the search continues.

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