Bank Robberies Linked to One-Time Lawyer, 64

Police say Warren Gladders is the man behind several armed robberies.
1:46 | 10/16/13

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talk about, guys. A one-time lawyer, who police say pulled off a string of bank robberies, even shot a state trooper. The fbi is now involved. And he could face federal charges. Abc's gio benitez has the story. Reporter: Look closely because this is unlike any bank robber you've seen before. Police say that's 64-year-old warren bladder, seen here robbing a smalltown missouri bank this summer. And it turns out gladders has a past with the law. I don't know if I've ever profiled a case where a lawyer is robbing banks. Reporter: That's right. Gladders was once a lawyer. He graduated from one of st. Louis's top private schools. And the washington university school of law. He's suspected of at least five other robberies. And the latest one, police say he almost got away with 40 grand. But then, gladders allegedly got into a shoot-out with a 26-year-old state trooper. The trooper was struck pretty much right in the chest from a round by his handgun. The trooper returned fire. Reporter: Luckily, the officer's bulletproof vest saved his life. Gladders hit, too, being treated. Why would a seemingly affluent lawyer, who would become president of his own dry cleaning business, end up robbing a bank at gunpoint? Investigators have yet to release a motive. This case just screams of desperateness. Something terribly wrong has gone on in mr. Gladders' life. Reporter: Gladders appeared in court tuesday, facing a slew of assault and robbery charges. This morning, the fbi confirms to abc, the agency will pursue federal charges. Gladders has not entered any plea. For "good morning america," gio benitez, abc news, new york.

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