Hyde Park man charged with 2013 armed robbery

, Jr., 19, of Clinton, was arrested Aug. 26 in connection with an armed robbery that occurred March 16, 2013, at the Gas Stop at 4912 Albany Post Rd. According to Hyde Park Police reports, an employee of the gas station reported that a man armed with a gun had demanded money. While the employee then took away the weapon, later determined to be a pellet gun, the suspect fled on foot with the money. During the ensuing search, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit found clothing matching the description of the suspect, but the suspect was not located, the report said.

The crime scene and clothing were processed for DNA samples, which were analyzed as part of a lengthy multi-agency investigation, according to Lieutenant Robert Benson of Hyde Park Police. While the DNA showed no match in police records, other avenues of investigation turned up the suspect’s name, so Hyde Park Police detectives and representatives of the State Police Major Crimes Unit went to Devens, Mass., where was living. They interviewed the suspect and got a DNA sample, which they said was a match, Benson told the Observer. “We’re able to solve a lot more crimes now with DNA… it just shows you that we don’t give up on it,” he added. was charged with second-degree robbery, a felony, and arraigned in Hyde Park and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $15,000 cash or $25,000 bail bond.

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