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Police: DNA doesn't match suspect arrested for bank robbery

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Posted: Apr 13, 2011 10:54 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Apr 14, 2011 3:38 AM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- Police say key evidence doesn't match a man arrested for a bank heist Tuesday.

DNA from a mask and gloves found near a Chase Bank in Baton Rouge doesn't match the DNA of 23-year-old Jauan Swanson.

Police quickly arrested him Tuesday, a little more than, 24 hours after the robbery.

Swanson put on a show for TV cameras when he was being escorted into police headquarters screaming he did not do it.

The bank was robbed Monday morning, and Government Street was on lock-down for three hours. A constable was shot at and his cruiser hit with bullets after the robbery.

Police say they still think Swanson's a key player in the crime even though the DNA does not match. And, his arrest warrant relies on witnesses who picked Swanson out of a line-up claiming they saw him take off the mask.

Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Stone said, "No his DNA did not come back to match the DNA we have and we are currently looking into the investigation."

Swanson's bond was dropped to $20,000 Wednesday because of the DNA development. But Swanson's attorney says it's bittersweet.

Attorney Ben Gibson said, "It says that there was a rush to judgement, but it says the police did do good police work. They did follow up."

But Gibson thinks there's more to follow. Swanson's arrest warrant cites witnesses that saw the robber take off the mask and later identified him as that person in a photo line-up.

Gibson said, "Jauan told this to you, Jauan told this to the police, I told this to you, I told this to the police, unfortunately they didn't believe us, now hopefully they'll believe the science."

But police say while they respect the science, they back their quick work and they'll keep working.

"It wasn't quick because of the situation," said Stone. "We received information and had leads and of course, we didn't sit on them. We took those leads and it led us to Swanson."

Swanson is still in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail. The charges of armed robbery and attempted murder of a police officer still stand.

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