DNA leads to arrest of East Naples bank robbery suspect

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DNA leads to arrest of East Naples bank robbery suspect

CREATED Aug. 29, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug. 29, 2012


Detectives arrested Christopher David Cabrera early this morning in North Naples.  Cabrera is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft and committing a third degree felony while wearing a masking in the April 12th robbery of the Wells Fargo bank at 7255 Radio Road.

Detectives say Cabrera entered the bank around 3:30 p.m. wearing a mask over his face and a glove on his left hand. He was brandishing what looked like a handgun, reports said.

He ordered a customer to the ground and demanded money from bank employees. While demanding money he slammed the gun onto the counter, causing the weapon to break. Further investigation revealed the gun was plastic.

During their investigation, detectives located clothing in a Dumpster at a nearby apartment complex where a suspicious person was seen shortly after the robbery, according to arrest reports. The person matched the physical description of the suspect, reports said.

The T-shirt, pants, shoes and jacket found in the Dumpster all had red stains consistent with a dye pack that was enclosed with the money given to the robber. The dye pack exploded after the robber had left the bank, reports said.

The clothing was forwarded to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Biology Laboratory for examination. A major DNA profile was obtained from the clothing, reports said.

DNA evidence from the clothing was collected and submitted to the federal Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS. Detectives were notified that the profile had been matched to Cabrera.