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Bank robber fleeing police drowns after jumping into river

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PUEBLO, Colo. — A bank robber fleeing Pueblo Police jumped into a river and drowned while trying to escape, officials said Thursday.

The robbery happened at 2 p.m. at the Security Service Federal Credit Union on Abriendo Avenue, police said.

A man walked into the bank and demanded money. He then fled on foot, police said.

Police said that when officers arrived, a witness pointed to the robber running toward a river trail. Police ran after him.

As the man approached the Santa Fe Bridge, he jumped into the river just above the spillway near the walking bridge, police said.

He swam to and climbed up a concrete pillar in the middle of the river and then began taunting officers, police said.

He then took off his shoes and jumped back into the spillway.

Police said they saw the man briefly resurface before being quickly swept into the underflow.  He never resurfaced.

Now police are working with the fire department’s water rescue unit to find the man’s body.