Charges filed in unsolved robbery after DNA match

A robbery at a pharmacy in Pennsylvania remained unsolved for over a year until law enforcement personnel connected the crime to a man in custody in Delaware. Clothing held as evidence provided a DNA sample that led to charges in the robbery of the since-closed pharmacy.

The suspect faces numerous charges, including both misdemeanors and felonies, such as theft crimes and robberies. According to court documents, his criminal data returned a match to the DNA collected from the clothing.

The defendant confessed to taking merchandise from the pharmacy although he insisted he did not have a gun. He admitted that he was in the area with a friend and needed drugs to support his habit. He entered the pharmacy and asked a technician for Percocet. The pharmacist chased him from the building with a weapon but pulled off the suspect's clothing as he fled. After looking a picture of the clothing taken from the scene, he confessed the items were his.

However, police claimed the defendant told the worker he had a gun. The pharmacist, a Marine veteran, heard the suspect and pursued him. He caught the suspect, they struggled, but he was able to gather his personal items. The pharmacist observed a large tattoo on the man's back, which matches one sported by the suspect.

A criminal defense attorney will further investigate the evidence collected in this case that allegedly connects the suspect to the crime scene. Since it was not reported that the pharmacist or technician actually saw the man with a weapon, his lawyer could argue the validity of that charge in the crime. The lawyer may also be able to argue whether or not the alleged crime actually took place, given that the man was chased out out the property before physically committing a criminal act.

Source:, "DNA evidence leads to arrest in armed robbery at pharmacy," Rose Quinn, Dec. 8, 2012

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