A St. Charles County lawyer-turned-businessman who is charged with robbing a bank at gunpoint and wounding a state trooper is having trouble finding his own lawyer.
Warren Gladders, 64, Wentzville, is accused of robbing the First Bank at Dutzow Friday, Sept. 20, and shooting a pursuing Missouri Highway Patrol officer. Gladders also was shot during the attempted getaway.
Gladders was scheduled to be arraigned on felony charges Tuesday morning in Warren County Circuit Court, but told a judge his attorney stepped down due to a conflict.
The judge reset the hearing for November, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities have identified Gladders as a suspect in other area bank robberies.
The Missouri Bar says he asked last year to have his license classified as inactive.
He is now president of a small laundry equipment repair company.
Gladders is charged in Warren County with felony assaulting a law enforcement officer, first-degree armed robbery, possession of an illegal firearm and two counts of armed criminal action.
He remains jailed on a $500,000 cash-only bond.
Authorities said a man wearing a red shirt, glasses, rubber gloves, a black mask and blue jeans and armed with a small black revolver robbed the bank at 700 Bluff Road at about 9:20 a.m.
Missouri state troopers arrested Gladders at approximately 10 a.m. following a police chase and the gun battle. Both Gladders and a 26-year-old trooper were injured in the shoot-out.
The highway patrolman stopped Gladder’s vehicle on Highway F near Route D near New Melle in St. Charles County. Gladders fired at the trooper, hitting him in the chest. The trooper returned fire, hitting Gladders in both legs.
The trooper was wearing an armored vest which stopped the bullet.