A Chesterton man
has been charged in connection with the armed robbery last year of the Zip
Foods in Porter, after DNA technology newly acquired by the Indiana State
Police lab connected him with incident, Porter Police is reporting.
A warrant charging
Robert A. E. Lewis, 23--no address available--was served on him on Wednesday
at the Porter County Jail, where he’s being held on an unrelated charge,
At 9:41 p.m. June
5, 2017, the Zip Foods was robbed at gunpoint. After releasing video
surveillance footage of the robbery, investigators received tips enabling
them to identify one of the suspects, David Graham, who was subsequently
charged, police said.
however, developed information on a pair of latex gloves used in the robbery
by a second suspect, Lewis, worn inside the store and then allegedly
discarded out of the car window while the suspects were fleeing the scene,
police said. Those gloves were later recovered.
Lewis denied any involvement with the robbery. Meanwhile, though the gloves
were submitted to the ISP lab, the results showed a mixture of DNA which at
that time could not be separated or isolated, police said.
But late last year
the ISP lab acquired new equipment “capable of separating DNA in such
cases,” prompting Porter PD to re-submit the gloves for analysis, and “the
findings support that both David Graham and Robert A. E. Lewis’ DNA were
present on the recovered gloves,” police said.
would like to thank all of the individuals who provided assistance in
identifying the involved persons and information that led to the discovery
of the evidence,” police said. “It is the community’s voice that is evident
in such cases, as they are willing to get involved and stand against such
crimes. This sense of community responsibility is what makes Duneland the
community that we all want to live in.”