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Jefferson City man charged with Columbia armed bank robbery

Columbia CPD police investigation Jefferson City bank robbery
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Deante Wilder is charged in Boone County on Thursday after he was suspected in a Columbia bank robbery on Jan. 7.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Boone County prosecutors charged a Jefferson City man with a bank robbery that happened on Jan. 7.

Deante Wilder, 23, faces felony charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in the case.

Court documents say Wilder robbed the United Credit Union at 2909 Falling Leaf Lane. Columbia Police officers said Wilder pointed a gun at two employees and demanded money.

Officers arrested Wilder on Wednesday after the investigation led them to Jefferson City. Court documents show CPD investigators were able to track the car back to the dealership it was purchased from. Police say a tracking device was installed in the car. Documents say the device put the car in the location of the robbery and near Wilder's residence in Jefferson City.

Wilder was arrested on Wednesday, three weeks after the armed robbery. Police say Wilder admitted to wearing the clothes seen on the surveillance footage, recognizing the car allegedly used in the robbery and to being in Columbia when the robbery occurred.

Wilder's probable cause statement says he picked up somebody on the way to Columbia before the robbery happened. Documents show Wilder alleged that the person he picked up borrowed Wilder's clothes and car around the time the robbery happened. Wilder alleged to police that he thought the person wanted to rob someone.

Court documents show Wilder agreed to let officers download files from his phone for their investigation. Police say the phone had been restored to its factory settings around Jan. 8 a day after the robbery was committed.

Wilder is currently being held in the Cole County Jail. Online court records show he is being held without bond. The same records don't list an attorney for Wilder.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.

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