Police investigators used DNA left behind at the scene of an armed robbery at Morristown Medical Center to connect an Orange New Jersey man to the theft.
The theft incident occurred at the parking garage of the Morristown hospital in May 2014. According to authorities, the suspect robbed a parking garage worker at the Morristown NJ medical facility.
The victim was employed as an administrative assistant for a company that provides parking service in the Morristown New Jersey hospital. The armed robbery was committed while the victim counted weekend cash intake at the parking garages for the Morristown Medical Center.
The victim first saw the suspect after coming back from a break. The suspect was standing inside the parking garage front office. The suspect left to ostensibly get a parking permit, but he returned a short time later and allegedly pointed a handgun at the victim. The suspect reportedly demanded that the victim hand over cash.
After getting money from the victim, the suspect allegedly told the victim to use zip-ties on their hands.
During an investigation into the armed robbery, Morristown NJ police obtained the zip-ties allegedly used in the theft. The zip-ties were sent to the New Jersey State Laboratory for DNA testing.
The DNA analysis led investigators to connect the suspect to the Morristown robbery. According to officials, the suspect has a previous conviction for a drug offense. As a result of his prior criminal record, the suspect was in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) that is maintained by police in New Jersey.
The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with several criminal offenses, including first degree armed robbery. He was also charged with multiple weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and a certain persons offense for being a convicted felon illegally in possession of a weapon.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $250,000 bail amount.
For further information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article entitled “DNA Leads to Morristown Parking Garage Robbery Suspect.”