DETROIT -- A boxer whose bloody nose swab led to criminal charges was convicted Friday of a 2009 armed robbery at Monroe County Community CU in the town of Temperance.

Martin Tucker, 32, was charged in July, a few months after the FBI acquired a discarded Q-tips swab from a boxing match in Toledo, Ohio. The bloody swab was used to match Tucker's DNA on evidence from the robbery.

Tucker, a light welterweight from Toledo, is a roofer and part-time boxer. He was 1-6 in his last seven bouts before his arrest last summer.

Tucker and his accomplice Quentin Sherer, 32, were convicted in federal court here Friday. They were accused of stealing $5,400 at gunpoint from the credit union.

Police found the getaway car and a trail of items investigators eventually determined were used in the robbery. Police recovered latex gloves, a T-shirt, black mask and industrial gloves.

From the recovered items, authorities recovered DNA allegedly belonging to Sherer, 32,.

Using the recovered items, police also found DNA belonging to another person who was not already in a national database. Further investigation, including the use of Sherer’s MySpace.com profile, led officials to Tucker,.

On April 28, an FBI agent from the Detroit office came to Toledo where Tucker was scheduled to participate in a boxing match at the Huntington Center. Tucker’s DNA matched a swab taken from the steering wheel of the getaway car, which was stolen from a Toledo residence.

 

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