Chase suspects are Colorado residents

La Plata County man, woman were pursued on suspicion of N.M. robbery

A man and a woman suspected of leading police on a chase – possibly after robbing a bank in Farmington – were identified Tuesday as La Plata County residents.

Robert Neihart and Denise Myrick, both 42, were arrested about 4:30 p.m. Friday on County Road 310 on suspicion of leading police on a chase from San Juan County (N.M.) into Southwest Colorado, said Dan Bender, spokesman for the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office.

San Juan County Sheriff’s deputies pursued the couple into La Plata County on suspicion of robbing the Wells Fargo Bank at 4601 E. Main St. in Farmington.

Neihart is suspected of driving a black Dodge pickup north on U.S. Highway 550, east on County Road 318 and north on County Road 310 – all in the general direction of where they live in south La Plata County, Bender said.

During the pursuit, Neihart is suspected of threatening a San Juan County Sheriff’s deputy with a gun, Bender said.

“I believe a shot was fired on at least one occasion during the pursuit,” he said.

Neihart eventually pulled over and surrendered, he said.

He was booked into La Plata County jail on $25,000 bail on suspicion felony assault on a peace officer, a charge that results from threatening a peace officer with a deadly weapon, even if no one is hurt, Bender said.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office detained his wife for questioning, but released her after determining there was not enough evidence to hold her on a crime, Bender said.

No federal charges have been filed against Neihart or his wife, said Frank Fisher, a spokesman with the Albuquerque FBI office, which is investigating the bank robbery.

He declined to say whether the couple are considered suspects, saying it remains under investigation.

shane@durangoherald.com

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