Armed Bandit Done In By DNA

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. - (05/25/06) – In the latest application forDNA testing, a 36-year-old gang member was convicted Tuesday of a2003 armed robbery at Victor Valley FCU even though no one was ableto physically identify him or his two accomplices who were allhidden behind ski masks during the hold-up. Johnny Rice, aconvicted sex offender and gang member, was found guilty of fivecounts of robbery and one count of receiving a stolen vehicle. Ricewas tracked down after police recovered the robbers’ getawaycar and the ski masks inside and were able to scrape DNA fromsaliva inside one of the masks that matched Rice’s DNA. Thethree armed men burst into the credit union on August 4, 2003 andforced employees to hand over $16,000. One of Rice’saccomplices, Jimmy Willis, has pleaded guilty and received athree-year sentence in state prison. The third suspect remains atlarge.

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