Boxer’s Victory in the Ring Leads to Bank Robbery Charges as Bloody Nose Gives Him Away

Daily Mail (London), July 19, 2012

Martin Tucker won his latest boxing match, but a bloody nose in the ring could send him to prison for bank robbery.

The FBI said it obtained a swab used to stop the bleeding and found that DNA matched Tucker’s DNA on other evidence from a 2009 robbery at Monroe County Community Credit Union in Temperance, near the Michigan-Ohio border.

In a court filing, agent Robert Schmitz said he was aware of Tucker’s bout in April in Toledo, Ohio, and obtained the ‘discarded’ Q-tips swab.

Tucker’s DNA matched DNA from a mask believed to have been used in the robbery and from the steering wheel of the getaway car, the FBI said.

Tucker, 32, of Toledo, was arrested this week and ordered held without bond Wednesday.

Martin Tucker

The government alleges he wore a mask and had a handgun during the $5,400 robbery.

Another suspect was indicted in the case in November. Detroit FBI spokesman Simon Shaykhet declined to discuss how Schmitz got the bloody swab.

Defense attorney Haytham Faraj said there seems nothing illegal about acquiring it.

‘We leave our fingerprints, bits of hair and skin all over the place.

If you’re a boxer, sometimes you leave your blood around,’ Faraj said in an interview Thursday.

He declined to comment on Tucker’s alleged role in the robbery but doubts the blood sample really was necessary based on other DNA evidence.

‘It is a dramatic twist. It makes for an interesting read,’ Faraj said.

He said Tucker, a light welterweight, is a roofer and part-time boxer. He’s 1-6 in his last seven bouts, according to boxrec.com.

Bronco McKart, who also boxed that night in Toledo, knows Tucker and was surprised by the allegations.

‘That’s CSI Miami stuff,’ McKart told the Monroe Evening News, referring to the bloody swab. ‘That’s just amazing.’

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  • Rocky Bass,

    Another son for the Obominable one.

  • Oil Can Harry

    For non-boxer suspects the cops would follow them around waiting to retrieve discarded food, cigarettes or soda cans containing traces of saliva.

    They can do this because the authorities do not need a warrant to search someone’s garbage.

  • MekongDelta69

    His affirmative action ‘lawyer’ sounds like a real genius.

  • redfeathers

    The Daily Mail of London, doing the work American media won’t do.

  • Rocky Bass,

     Think Bob Dylan will be doing one on him soon too?

  • “Rest When I’m Dead” tatted across his chest.  Considering where he’s going, that might be sooner rather than later.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    “My momma taught me better than that.” ….Sure she did.

    • Vornak

      Yep – THAT comment surely did jump out in his tale.  Momma failed big time.

  • Rocky Bass,

     He “goes to school and he fights and he takes care of his keeds”, Can we get a standing O here?