DNA leads to arrest in Subway robbery
Owing to a sharp-nosed K-9 and unspecified DNA evidence, police arrested a man Saturday accused of robbing a sandwich shop last summer.
Jason Michael Wright, 49, is suspected of robbing a clerk at gunpoint at the Subway restaurant in the 1600 block of Delta Waters Road.
Wright allegedly ditched clothing worn in the robbery “quite a bit away from the Subway,” according to Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau, which a K-9 found shortly after.
“That was the clue that we needed, and we got it thanks to the K-9,” Budreau said.
“Biological evidence located on the clothing” helped police find their suspect, according to a news release, but Budreau said he couldn’t disclose what type of DNA evidence police found because the case is pending.
“It was really a great find on the K-9’s part,” Budreau said, adding that police found the clothing behind a neighboring business.
According to earlier news reports, the Subway robber was seen on surveillance video wearing a baseball cap and a “dust mask” that concealed his face.
After the robbery, the K-9 found clothing described as a gray, long-sleeve shirt, camo Battle Dress Uniform pants, a black baseball cap and a gray, tri-fold, nylon wallet.
The amount of money taken in the robbery was not disclosed in court records.
Because Wright had prior felony convictions, forensics investigators had his DNA on file, according to Budreau.
Police arrested Wright near the Albertsons on Ross Lane, Budreau said.
Police also seized a vehicle over the weekend.
“We did find additional evidence in the vehicle,” Budreau said. “I can’t go into what that is, but we did not find the gun.”
Wright made his initial court appearance Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on a felony charge of second-degree robbery and a misdemeanor charge of second-degree theft. Wright remained lodged Tuesday in the Jackson County Jail on $250,000 bail.