News LIVE: Suspect in Zions Bank robbery confirmed dead; updated 5:12 p.m.

St. George Police tape off Zions Bank on River Road, where a robbery took place, St. George, Utah, Sept. 11, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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WASHINGTON CITY – Update 5:12 p.m. Sgt. Dave Crouse with the Washington County Sheriff’s office has confirmed that a suspect has been fatally shot. The incident is still under investigation, but they believe the deceased person was involved in the robbery.

Update 4:43 p.m. The Washington County Critical Incident Task Force has been called to the scene. It has not yet been confirmed whether the suspect is alive, but the Critical Incident Task Forces operates under the the purview of the Washington County Attorney, with the concept that agencies other than the agency involved conduct investigations in certain incidents. The trigger for the Critical Incident Team’s involvement is when an officer is involved in the potential use of deadly force.

Update: 4:28 p.m. The St. George Communications Center confirmed police have caught the robbery suspect. All locked-down students have been released. Additional details will be reported as they become available.

Police have been in pursuit of an armed bank robbery suspect who reportedly robbed Zions Bank on River Road in St. George and fled with hostages. Officers are currently in pursuit of the suspect in the Washington City area. The suspect was reportedly wearing a blond, curly wig and a black hoodie and is armed with a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun.

Update 4:11 p.m. According to information from the Washington County School District, all students living south of the Virgin River will continue to be held at their schools until further notice from the local police department. Updated school lockdown information can be found here.

Update 3:13 p.m. Officers are now assisting in releasing students from the locked-down schools.

Update 2:53 p.m. Advisory from the St. George Police Department Facebook page:

ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS FROM WASHINGTON FIELDS ROAD TO 2000 S TO WASHINGTON DESERET INDUSTRIAL AREA AND TO 1450 E IN ST. GEORGE THERE IS AN ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT ON FOOT IN THE AREA. PLEASE STAY IN YOUR HOMES AND SECURE YOUR DOORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE LOOK AT THE ATTACHED PHOTO FOR DESCRIPTION AND CONTACT POLICE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU NOTICE ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS

An image of the robbery suspect, St. George, Utah, Sept. 11, 2014 | Image courtesy of St. George Police Department, St. George News
An image of the robbery suspect, St. George, Utah, Sept. 11, 2014 | Image courtesy of St. George Police Department, St. George News

Update 2 p.m. Schools in Washington City, Washington Fields and the Pine View area have been placed on lockdown until the situation is resolved. The Washington County School District is asking parents to stay away from the schools in these areas and to refrain from picking up their children from school for the time being. School buses will not depart from these schools until the situation is resolved. George Washington Academy has also reportedly been placed on lockdown.

“Right now, stay away from the schools,” Washington County School District Superintendent Larry Bergeson said.

Bergeson said the difficulty is that school will let out soon, but students will be kept inside the schools in these areas as a precaution until pursuit of the robbery suspect is concluded, or until information is received from police that it is OK to allow students to leave the schools.

“We’re just actively waiting her for more information,” Bergeson said.

A helicopter and canine units have been called in to assist with apprehending the suspect. The hostages taken in the robbery are reportedly now safe and in police care.

Stay tuned for updates as additional information is received.

Senior Reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this report.

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115 Comments

  • proudtobeamerican September 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    See this guy was just arrested the other day! I told you are system has failed!

    • gfdsa September 11, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      So has your English. *OUR*

      • proudtobeamerican September 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        (are) when in Rome speak like the Mormons do!

        • anna thomas September 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm

          What an ignorant and false statement, disparaging millions of people. Good job on confirming your lack of intelligence.

          • Steve K September 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm

            Mormons make up less than 1% of believers in the world, but they make up 99% of those constantly “offended”.

          • skip2maloo September 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

            I, too, feel for the offended Italians. Shame. Shame.

          • proudtobeamerican September 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm

            I don’t think anybody really cares how many Mormons there are out there…if there are millions then we are in one heck of a predicament. GO FALCONS!

        • common sense September 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

          What an intelligent remark! You sure have proved yourself as an understanding and outstanding member of society. (Note the sarcasm) Check the stats behind your statement before you insult the intelligence of your neighbors. Then you may understand that when you call a large community uneducated, there will be offense taken

          • proudtobeamerican September 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

            zzzzzzzz* I guess I am suppose to feel inferior.

      • smh September 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        You’re* lol

      • Thaigirl September 11, 2014 at 6:47 pm

        You’ve got to have something better to do with your time…unless you’re an English teacher…yikes!

        • smh September 11, 2014 at 10:06 pm

          Just bashing the troll giving the poor guy a bad time for something they are just as guilty for.. no more time than you I suppose 😉 glad everyone is okay minus the perp.

    • Utah Mom September 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      They have the wrong pic up for the guy. They have not released a pic yet but they do have one from the bank.

      • Utah Mom September 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

        Now there is a bank pic posted.

      • Cami Cox Jim Cami Cox Jim September 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm

        The only photo of the robbery suspect we have put in the post is the one from the bank, released by the St. George Police Department. What wrong photo are you seeing? Please email me with the details if you believe there is an issue with one of the photos, cjim@stgnews.com — the story post is showing only correct photos at my end, but you never know with social media.

        • THAT GUY September 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

          I see now what proudtobeAmerican is saying. I shared this news to my facebook page, and the picture of the guy that aledgedly robbed the credit union picture is attached to it.

        • Utah Mom September 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm

          It was showing a photo of a man that was arrested a few days ago. Now it shows the correct pic.

    • ThatOneGuy September 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      With all of the kids in lock down, and an armed suspect on the loose, you choose to focus on the system? Do you just sit on this website all day, refreshing each page, hoping for an opportunity to shove your agenda down anyones throat? Focus on what matters, dude. No one cares if the system is broken right now, we care about keeping our county and kids safe. Priorities.

      • proudtobeamerican September 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

        YES

        • ThatOneGuy September 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

          Great answer. Also, historically speaking, Rome has been predominately populated by Catholics. So. Theres that.

          • proudtobeamerican September 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

            oh yeah….well you’re a Mormon! So go wait in the drive through at Swig!

      • proudtobeamerican September 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm

        Oh and I have Family at George Washington and I know she is safe because she is a black person!

  • philiplo September 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    This has put George Washington Academy, and likely other area schools, on lock down.

  • John Tai September 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    jus wanna go home man……………. im tired

    • YourMom September 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I’m at school right now

    • Seth September 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Same here. I’m stuck in pine view high

  • Old Man September 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    ZZ TOP
    Oh the mighty have fallen

  • killjoy September 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    My babies are in 1 of those schools that are in “lock out” mode right now! And I’m worried SICK!

  • InspiredKathy September 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Just got an email from the school that they have been given the all clear.

    Hello Thunder Parents,

    We have received an “all clear” message from the district office. Students at DHHS will be let out of school.

    Thank you for your patience.

  • JRad September 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    not the best christmas spirit… santa!

  • heaven mollner September 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    in school ._. stuck here in shop, i have a knife so im good, how about you ? -just wanna go home man im tired -_-

    • You have a knife in school? September 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Just what are you doing with a knife in school?

      • skip2maloo September 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

        Uh, hello…? Shop. Tools an such whatnot.

  • Dana September 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Looks like Santa…after Nutrisystem.

  • freedom September 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I am waiting for my child who is on lock down and worried sick if it is the same guy and they let go for trhe last robbery as stated by PROUDTOBEAMERICAN then it is a problem of the system and we wouldn,t be here right now !

    • anna thomas September 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Since his name hasn’t been released, I would like to know how PROUDTOBEAMERICAN “knows” it is the same guy. Even if it was, people are allowed to be out on bail until trial. You know, the whole innocent until proven guilty concept.

      • proudtobeamerican September 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

        They had the wrong picture up earlier…but from sounds of it its all my fault.

  • Nat September 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve been stuck in this chair for two hours now. I wish the lockout was over, but at the same time I kind of want it to become a higher stakes thing. Nothing interesting has happened in St. George since dinosaurs. This is pretty dang exciting. I mean, Santa robbed a bank!

  • ThatOneGuy September 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve been listening to the Police Scanner. They’ve given the okay for schools to start releasing kids, but they want police officers there when it happens. It sounds like they are just waiting for the man power and they’ll start letting them out.

  • ThatOneGuy September 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Also, it appears the customer parked his vehicle at the park in The Springs, and he ran into the desert area between there and Fossil Ridge. Police are currently surrounding the area, and I believe they’ll start searching the area shortly, though they may just be trying to wait until all of the kids have cleared the area, especially students at Millcreek and Fossil Ridge. Officers have been called to make sure the kids that walk and bike to school get out okay.

    • ThatOneGuy September 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      SUSPECT not customer in that first line. My bad!

  • Hugh September 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    18 police vehicles including a SWAT van outside my house in Heritage Fields subdivision in Washington city ; officers in bullet proof vests and assault rifles. One officer told me shots had been fired – must have been earlier in St. George. Our Street blocked on both ends. Told to stay in doors. Helicopter overhead in zig zag pattern. I need to get out for a ball game in Cedar so hope it is resolved soon!!!

    • GO FOR IT! September 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Oh my yes, Hugh! Your ball game in Cedar is SO much more important than anything else.

  • Koolaid September 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Those darn Dixie guys and their guns

  • Hugh September 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    The police have a large vehicle (size of an RV) set up as command center ; SWAT officers just searched our house.

    • Slim September 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Did they have a warrant, or did you let them violate you 4th Amendment rights and just come on in ? You still have rights. Even in an emergency.

      • Andrew September 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        Seriously. Just because there is a suspect out there gives no rights to the police to search your home without a warrant. That would never happen with my home. Period.

  • her September 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Where are the updates?

  • Tamisha September 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    What is the latest on the suspects location and why would they let school out and not lock down that area as well? A person desperate enough may hurt kids !!! Scary … Thank goodness for all the men and women on the SGPD and Wash county sheriff’s department. They will catch this guy soon. THANKS FOR KEEPING US AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE !!! 🙂

  • Butt September 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Can’t you give Max Hall a little break? He just needs some money to support the coke habit!

  • THAT GUY September 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I see now what proudtobeAmerican is saying. I shared this news to my facebook page, and the picture of the guy that aledgedly robbed the credit union picture is attache to the post. DOH

  • mom4 September 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    More updates please!! My kids are still in lockdown at Riverside elem as helicopters still are continually flying over my house. The latest update gives no info and implies all kids are headed home. Is the suspect at large? What is going on?

  • lamy September 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Riverside Elementary is still on lockdown. I believe this is the closest school to the search efforts.

  • brigham young September 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Stupid mormons- who cares? If the party tbat owns the mansion in above photo didn’t own the police along with his 15 wives no one would care. God I dislike mormons … grrr. If people who are so worried about a bank.robbery cared about normal people’s problems, they wouldn’t be so shocked by such bland news ..

    • THE REAL BRIGHAM September 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Uh. What?

    • hartoking September 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      I’m not even Mormon and your comments are so juvenile! I can tell by your language that you are not a winner in life. There is still time to change!

    • common sense September 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Please explain your statement’s relevance. Are you deeply traumatized by Mormons who won’t stop bringing you hello molds or did you have a Mormon upbringing that was just too tough on your free spirit? Maybe you can enlighten these Millions of people that you happen to dislike because of their personal beliefs?

  • ThatOneGuy September 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    The server supporting the Police Scanner stream has crashed. Last I heard, they had a team along the river, and serval units checking houses and neighborhoods.

    • jmbrowning September 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      What’s the feed url?

  • KEOLA10 September 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    It’s been an hour since the last update, is there anything new to report?

    Also, just beneath the pictures under the title, “Related Posts” you’ve got:

    “Suspect in bank robbery, chase identified” and also, “Live NEWS: Bank robbery leads to high-speed persuit; suspect taken into custody.”

    Those links are from another bank robbery over a month ago. You may want to add a date to the links so as not to confuse people, or remove them from the “Related Posts” section as they aren’t related to this bank robbery. At the very least you could remove the “Live NEWS:” part from the second link.

  • mmmm........... September 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    They caught him.

  • jmbrowning September 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Washk12.org reporting suspect apprehended at 1621

  • QNewby September 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    http://www.washk12.org/

    latest update says Suspect has been apprehended @ 4:21pm

  • Swag September 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    So the link to the school district website, said suspect was apprehended at 4:22 pm. wheres the update?

  • Matt September 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Pineview middle is also still on lockout. I just got off the phone with my friend there and he said they are still stuck in their classes.

  • TC September 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    According to Wash Co School District the suspect has been apprehended.
    http://washk12.org/

  • Jon September 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    He was just shot in the head

  • Her September 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    According to the WCSD website, the suspect is in custody and all schools are now being released.

    • skip2maloo September 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Aren’t all schools prisons of sort? Already locked down, in a sense. Why are we restraining the children? What are we afraid of? That they’ll grow long hair and beards and not ask “pretty please” but instead bully others when they need financial support? What if we all just took a moment each day to ponder? Wouldn’t it bring a spot of brightness and good cheer to even the most depraved and darkened of souls? Think about it.

    • Utah Mom September 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Kind of not in “custody” because they shot him dead

  • Glitch September 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    According to my scanner suspect was shot in the head at 16:11. Is this current/correct?

    • skip2maloo September 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Don’t matter. Provides a beautiful image.

  • darla September 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I just heard that someone has been shot.. Is this true?

    • Utah Mom September 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Yes, they shot the bank robber dead.

  • Matt September 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    The suspect has been Apprehended. This is from the school district’s website
    (update 4:21pm) – Suspect has been apprehended by law enforcement – ALL SCHOOLS ARE NOW CLEARED TO RELEASE STUDENTS.

  • Done and Done September 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I bet he was shot. He fought the law…

  • Packing September 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    To Brigham Young…Mormons don’t have multiple wives; Polygamists do, the fundamentalists do…NOT Mormons. You call Mormons stupid but don’t even know that they don’t have multiple wives. Who’s stupid?

    • Jeeper September 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Either you are not a Mormon or you do not know anything about your religion or how Mormons get to the upper level of their heaven.

  • Heather Oxendine September 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    On the scanner page, it says that the suspect had been shot in the head and medics had been called out.

  • Ruth September 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I feel so bad for the deceased’s family. To ruin a life over money.

  • PLEASELEAVE September 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Of course someone had to blame the Mormons for this.

    • anonymous September 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      … RIGHT!
      Ed. ellipsis.

  • Swag September 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Guess no Christmas this year, fake Santa will be laid up or rotting the ground.

  • proudtobeamerican September 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Once again I have achieved my goal! I rocked the boat so hard the lames just fell right out! I’m sorry I took KOOLAID’s job today and playa hated on the LDS! It had to be done. Did I mention it was a Tiguan? 2.0 Turbo charged….I believe this was the get away vehicle.

  • redrox September 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    It sounds like it. Thankfully no one else was hurt — he must have been in a bad place to be this violent. I am grateful for all of the police presence and care for the community — but this makes me sad for this lost soul and his family.

  • kc zeeman September 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    good job to all the police out there

    • MrAlvey September 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      I second that. Great job to all officers involved in catching the bank robber! I am a teacher and I was showing my class a 911 tribute and telling my students all the amazing things the NY law enforcement and firefighters did during that tragedy, and in the middle of the video the lock out announcement came over the loud speaker. I am very grateful for our local law enforcement and the courage and skill they show in their work everyday. I felt very safe at school today, thank you.

  • walt L September 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Here looks like my x brother in law Chris

  • Utah Mom September 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Love the 5:12 pm Update… “they believe the deceased person was involved in the robbery.” I really hope they are sure it was the bank robber.

    • youcantfixstgeorgestupid September 11, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      A fine example of the unique kind of stupid we mormans suffur from here in St. George

  • walt L September 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    He looks like my x brother in law Chris

  • Dave September 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Who is he? Anyone know if he’s been I.D’d yet??

  • Koolaid September 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Did he have time to give some of the stolen money to the church to maintain his worthiness? How come the church doesn’t return money stolen through scams and theft?

    • bobber September 11, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      THE LORD DOES NOT GIVE REFUNDS!!!

    • Bigot koolaid September 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      BIGOT my name
      hates my game

    • proudtobeamerican September 12, 2014 at 10:11 am

      There you are! I was getting out numbered,but I had enough ammo to last me into the night!

  • Bob September 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Deceased wearing body armor with ammo. (per law traffic on scanner) This could of had a much different outcome. Head shot stopped him.

  • packing September 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I’m not sure how a bank robbery turns into Mormon bashing. If you hate us so bad. .. please feel free to move away. I sure didn’t invite you here. If you’re going to live in a Mormon community you might want to know a little more about the religion before opening your mouth. … your ignorance is showing!

    • stgeorgestupid September 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      If you don’t like the Mormon bashing then you are welcome to move somewere else were non Mormons will bash on the religion even more.

  • bobber September 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Was it Santa? Did the police kill Santa?!

  • MormonsvsTrolls aka MIKE September 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Letter to the Editor:
    Please remove the anonymity to all posts. I think posts would have much more intellect rather than the pointless gibberish that cowards post while hiding behind a fake name.

    • tight magic undies September 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      I don’t know Mike. I think it adds a little flavor to an otherwise dull setting full of dull people.

    • JOSH DALTON (INCOGNEGRO) September 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      I would consider you to be just as cowardly……Lambert!

      • Dana September 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        Josh, where have you been? I’ve had to give Bobber and Koolaid their meds all by myself. I could use a little help here. ; -)

  • Alice September 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    On my way home from work this evening, I thought to myself, an officer is gonna kill someone today. To bad I was right, though I’m sure the shot was what needed to happen, that officer will carry it with him a long time.

  • Diane September 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Did they really have to shoot him dead? Shoot him in the head???? !

    • jack September 12, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Yes Diane. When a sick criminal robs a bank, takes hostages, steals a car, shoots at police they deserve whatever happens to them. Look at all the time and money saved by not having court and a lengthy jail term.

  • Zonkerb September 11, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Good job by the police the bank robber is dead and they just saved the tax payer’s from having to feed him and pay for his trial

    • Washingtondude September 11, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      I totally agree, let all of the would be bank robbers think about the outcome of this one.. Good for the Police Officers that serve and protect us… They don’t seem to get enough good publicity, just negative,.. True Hero’s that put their lives on the line daily

  • linda September 12, 2014 at 7:12 am

    An Incident similar to this just happened in northern California and a hostage was killed. I am surprised that some people are bashing a religion rather than looking at how brave the officers were who were in pursuit of an armed suspect. No I am not Mormon. We as a community of good citizens should be saying thank you to those who serve and protect. I live here because it is a safe community and I will say thank you.

  • teezee September 12, 2014 at 7:24 am

    what is the names

  • alm5872 September 12, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I’m sorry but it seems you aren’t completely educated on “Mormonism” very well. If a person has not been temple-worthy, they are not then required to back-pay old tithing in order to then become temple-worthy and receive a recommend. If a person goes to their Bishop and desires to get their life in order and receive a temple recommend, once they have abandoned and made restitution for past sins/misdeeds, the slate is wiped clean and, moving forward, they can THEN become worthy and be eligible for a recommend. Please, if you are going to comment, just be sure you have your information correct.

  • LD September 12, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Have they released his name yet?

  • fedup September 12, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I was so appalled at all the Mormon bashing, until I just read the last post. It is unfortunate that the Mormon conversation is attached to this story, but it is and I’m wanting to say something about it now. ALM5872: I know you think you’re helping your case, but… really?? How much nonsense can a person actually take??? How incredibly weak and lame that any one person should have the authority or “holiness” or whatever label you wish to put on it, to tell you (or anyone else) whether you are “worthy” or “eligible” to enter a building (that’s what it is… a building, just like McDonalds!). SUCH NONSENSE!!! Come on…. most of you Mormons are educated people, and you accept this malarky? UGH!! To thine own self be true…. who are you kidding? You can’t honestly buy in to it????

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