TACOMA, Wash. – A man suspected of carjacking a plumber and forcing him to drive to Twin Star CU and withdraw more than $4,000 from his credit union account was connected to the crime by DNA police took from the victim's smoothie as they sat in his vehicle during the 2011 incident.
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 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, Roger Taylor, 30, was charged with a count of first-degree robbery. Taylor was served with the arrest warrant at the county jail, where he is currently in custody on separate charges.
Taylor is accused of stealing $4,000 from the credit union after he allegedly approached the victim in a Tacoma parking lot in August, 2011. Taylor allegedly forced the member at gunpoint to drive to the credit union’s Lacey branch and withdraw the money from his account. The victim was allegedly carjacked after purchasing a DRINK at the Emerald City Smoothie store in Tacoma.
The member said while walking back to his vehicle after buying the smoothie, he was approached by a man he had never met before. As the member tried to enter his vehicle, the suspect pointed a gun at him, and entered the vehicle with him.
The member said the man demanded about $4,000. The member said he would have to get the money from his credit union. The member said he drove the vehicle as the suspect sat in the passenger seat, with the handgun pointed at him. He said that he went through the drive-thru window at the credit union and withdrew the money.
Lacey police recovered surveillance video from the credit union showing the member withdrawing his money from his account. In the video, the member's passenger is seen using a straw to drink from the member's smoothie. The straw was sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, and in May, the DNA profile was matched with Taylor's DNA profile, which was already in the criminal database.
The victim later identified a photo of Taylor from a photo montage of possible suspects.