Bank robbery suspect arrested after police chase, crash in Farmington

Bank robbery suspect arrested after police chase, crash in Farmington
First Bank on Weber Road in Farmington was robbed around 9 a.m. Monday. (Source: Daily Journal Online)
First Bank on Weber Road in Farmington was robbed around 9 a.m. Monday. (Source: Daily Journal Online)
The suspect crashed after a short police chase and was arrested. (Source: Daily Journal Online)
The suspect crashed after a short police chase and was arrested. (Source: Daily Journal Online)
Farmington police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene. (Source: Daily Journal Online)
Farmington police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene. (Source: Daily Journal Online)
(Source: Daily Journal Online)
(Source: Daily Journal Online)

FARMINGTON, MO (KFVS) - Police arrested a bank robbery suspect Monday after a chase and crash in Farmington.

First Bank on Weber Road in Farmington was robbed around 9 a.m. Monday, according to the Farmington Police Department.

A caller told the Farmington Police Department dispatch that a man approached a teller at the bank, raised his shirt, showed what the teller believed to be a gun in his waistband and demanded money.

According to Farmington police, the suspect then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, got in a dark-colored Nissan Titan truck and left the parking lot going north on Weber Rd.

Area law enforcement agencies and the FBI were notified.

Two Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers overheard the radio traffic and spotted a truck matching the description at the entrance to Mineral Area College. They say the truck, which was speeding, failed to negotiate a turn, left the road and then overturned.

The troopers removed the suspect from the truck. He was treated at the scene by EMS for head trauma and internal injuries.

Police say the suspect was then airlifted to a hospital in Creve Coeur, Mo.

According to police, while searching the truck, officers found a solid black BB-type pistol and stolen money.

The suspect was identified as Stephen Michael Barrientez, 45, of Arizona.

Police say they are not sure whether federal or state charges will be filed. They say Barrientez has an active felony parole violation warrant out of Arizona for allegedly smuggling a controlled substance into prison.

They say he also has an extensive criminal record, including several felony convictions, some of which are for burglary and robbery.

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