DNA links 'Paper Towel Bandit' to Fairfield heists
DNA evidence has linked an Ohio man to at least two armed holdups in Fairfield in 2007.
The previously unidentified suspect, called the "Paper Towel Bandit" because he used a towel to cover his face during the robberies, was identified Thursday as 26-year-old Taeki Muse, of Toledo, Ohio.
Muse is currently serving a five-year prison term for robbing a Subway sandwich shop in Bridgeport in October 2007.
Muse was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count each of third and fourth-degree larceny for the Feb. 26, 2007, gunpoint holdup of the Fairfield Inn and the March 6, 2007, robbery at the People's United Bank branch on the Post Road.
Police said they were able to link Muse to the crimes when his DNA matched that left on pieces of paper towel the suspect used to cover his face during the robberies.
In each case, police said the robber pointed a handgun at employees and demanded money. He took $526 from the Fairfield Inn and more than $2,000 from the bank. The paper towels were discarded as the suspect fled from the crime scene.
In 2008, police said the State Police Forensic Lab was able to match the DNA not only from the two Fairfield robberies but also to a February 2007 robbery in Toledo. At that time, however, they couldn't match it to any suspect.
In the meantime, Muse, who was convicted in 2008 of the Bridgeport sandwich shop robbery in 2008, was required by law to provide a DNA sample as a convicted felon.
Last November, police said the unknown DNA samples from the robberies were compared with the records of convicted felons and came up with a match with Muse.
Muse was held in lieu of $250,000 bond.