Thirsty Armed Robbery Suspect ID'dNov 28, 2012
By Jeremy Pawloski
A suspect who couldn't help himself from drinking his victim's smoothie as they sat in the victim's vehicle during a 2011 armed robbery at gunpoint was recently identified by Lacey, Wash., police due to DNA left on the straw.
The suspect was identified after DNA that was collected from the straw of the smoothie was analyzed at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. The DNA left on the straw matched the suspect's DNA profile, which had already been entered into a national DNA database of felons.
Based on the DNA left on the straw being analyzed this year and matching the convicted felon's DNA profile, last week, Thurston County prosecutors charged Roger Taylor, 30, with a count of first-degree robbery. Taylor was served with the arrest warrant in the Clark County Jail, where he is currently in custody due to state Department of Corrections violations, court papers state.
Source: The Olympian