Robert Neihart, 42, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Friday evening near Ignacio, Colo. after he pointed a gun at Colorado police officers at the end of a lengthy pursuit that stretched from Farmington to southwest Colorado, Dan Bender, a spokesman for the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, said.
Denise Myrick, Neihart's 42-year-old wife, was taken into custody but released later that evening, Bender said.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, police were called to Wells Fargo Bank at 4601 E. Main St. in Farmington because of a robbery.
A man entered the bank and handed a clerk a note demanding money, FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said. He fled the bank, entered a vehicle and drove from police.
Local police from various agencies pursued the couple as they drove from Farmington into Aztec and then into Colorado on U.S. 550.
Colorado law enforcement were notified of the pursuit at 4:30 p.m. and joined the chase. The couple left the highway south of Durango and started driving on County Road 318 toward Ignacio, Bender said.
The vehicle then turned on County Road 310. Neihart pulled the car into a driveway shortly before he was arrested, Bender said. The chase ended on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, but Neihart was charged in La Plata County District Court because he is not a member of the tribe.
Neihart was charged with first-degree assault.
In Colorado, a person can be charged with assault for threatening great bodily injury against a police office.
“Mr. Neihart did in fact do that with a handgun,” Bender said.
A handgun was collected from the scene, Bender said.
Neihart is in custody at the La Plata County Detention Facility on a $25,000 bond.
The sheriff's office is not releasing a picture of Neihart because the FBI is still investigating the bank robbery, Bender said.
Fisher said the FBI has not filed charges against anyone in connection with the bank robbery in Farmington.
Neither Neihart nor Myrick had a criminal history in San Juan or La Plata counties prior to Friday.