Boxing Bank Robber Knocked Out By Q-Tip

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A boxer whose bloody nose swab led to criminal charges has been convicted of robbing a Michigan credit union. Martin Tucker and co-defendant Quentin Sherer were found guilty in Detroit Federal Court.

The pair was accused of stealing $5,400 at gunpoint from Monroe County Community Credit Union in Temperance in 2009.

Tucker 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.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said Sherer and Tucker, both 33-years-old, were found guilty after a week long trial before U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland.

Evidence presented during trial showed that on July 16, 2009, Sherer and Tucker, clad in masks and hooded sweatshirts and armed with semi-automatic pistols, entered the credit union and ran to the teller counter.

“Armed bank robbery places lives in jeopardy and harms the public’s sense of safety,” McQuade said in a statement. “We are grateful for the work of the investigators and citizens who helped bring these two robbers to justice.”

Sherer and Tucker are both due back in court for sentencing on April 9, 2013


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