DETROIT – A blow to the face during a boxing match landed Martin Tucker in jail after police matched the DNA from his blood to an armed robbery at Monroe County Community CU three years ago.
Tucker, 32, was linked to the 2009 credit union holdup after an FBI agent collected a thrown-away cotton swab used to clean up blood from the boxer’s face.
Tucker subsequently was charged with bank robbery and using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
The credit union’s Temperance branch was robbed at gunpoint on July 16, 2009, at 9:33 a.m., by two men, according to police. One of the suspects pushed a member inside the credit union and said to one of the tellers, “Hurry up. Give me all the money in the drawer.”
The men fled from the credit union with $5,379 and got into a car parked outside with a third man waiting behind the wheel.
Authorities found the 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 Quentin Sherer, 32, who was arrested and indicted in November, 2011. His case is pending.
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, according to court records.
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.
The complaint alleges that surveillance from the credit union shows the suspect with a gun matches Tucker’s appearance.