Police: Body pulled from river is missing robbery suspect

A suspect believed to be Catchcart is seen near the river.

A suspect believed to be Catchcart is seen near the river.

PUEBLO, Colo. — Pueblo Police say a body pulled from the Arkansas River near Runyon Lake Monday morning is that of an accused bank robber who drowned while trying to escape from police.

Police said the remains are those of Jeffrey Catchcart, 40, the suspect in a July 17 bank robbery. A large amount of cash — the exact amount stolen from the bank — was found upon Cathcart when he was retrieved from the river, police said.

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.

The Pueblo County Coroner was working Monday to determine whether the body found is Catchcart’s. Police said it’s possible that the remains belong to the victim of a June drowning.