DETROIT (WWJ) – Police in Roseville say DNA evidence was used to identify an armed robbery suspect who attempted to rob a coin and jewelry store last June.
Robert Tillman, a 31-year-old Detroit resident, was arrested late last week and arraigned Monday on multiple felony charges, including assault with intent to rob while armed and assault with intent to murder.READ MORE: Recovery Advocates Support Opioid Crisis Investment; Gov. Whitmer Approves $800 Million For Programs
Police say three armed suspects attempted to rob the Coin Cove on June 14 last year. Police say in their attempt to rob the store, the suspects fired several gun shots at the store owners before fleeing the store.
Despite an intensive search at the time, the suspects were able to elude capture. However, police say one of the suspects dropped an article of clothing, which was held for possible DNA evidence.READ MORE: Science of Weather: Brightmoor Flower Farm
The clothing was presented to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab and lab technicians were able to develop DNA on the article.
The DNA was matched to Tillman, who was currently on parole for a controlled substance charge.MORE NEWS: Live updates: 14 students, 1 teacher killed after shooter opens fire at Texas elementary school
If convicted on all charges, Tillman faces up to life in prison.