DNA evidence led to the arrest of a suspect in a 2006 robbery of a Brownwood convenience store, police said.
Brandon Harris, 28, of Tyler was arrested Sunday by Smith County Sheriff’s deputies on an aggravated robbery warrant, Brownwood police Sgt. Troy Carroll said.
Detective Larry Owings transported Harris to the Brown County Jail Tuesday, and he remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of $100,000 bond, jail records state.
Harris is accused of the Feb. 26, 2006, robbery of the Allsup’s store at 1019 Coggin Ave.
The robber entered the store at 11:30 p.m. and used the rest room, returned a few minutes later and asked for change, and came back a third time around 11:40 p.m. to rob the clerk, according to earlier police reports.
The robber displayed a “small sword” with a blade estimated at 12 inches long and demanded money, Carroll said. The man fled on foot with about $300, police reports state.
Carroll said police found a cap and jacket police believe the robber discarded, and the Department of Public Safety crime lab matched DNA from the clothing to Harris. Harris’ DNA was already in a data base because he had served prison time, Carroll said.
Police obtained a warrant in March 2008.
In April 2006, Harris was arrested after a patrolling sheriff’s deputy saw the tail end of a robbery at the Texas Express store, 507 N. Center.
A clerk opened the register around 9:50 p.m. to make change, and a man identified as Harris grabbed money from the register, officers’ reports stated. The clerk told police she had tried to close the register’s drawer when the man reached for the money and injured a finger.
The man got into a car, which was driven away by another man before then-deputy Bryan Thompson stopped it.
Harris and the car’s driver, Michael Culpepper, were arrested in connection with the robbery. Harris was released on bond four months later, jail records state.