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In this Toledo Blade photo taken April 28, boxer Martin Tucker, right, from Toledo,is tended to during a boxing match against Devaris Crayton at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Boxer's blood prompts bank robbery charge

TEMPERANCE, Mich. – Martin Tucker won his latest boxing match, but a bloody nose in the ring could send the northwest Ohio man 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 got the swab while attending Tucker's bout in April in Toledo, Ohio. He described it as "discarded" but didn't disclose any other details about how he got it.

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. 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.

Defense attorney Haytham Faraj said there seems nothing illegal about the FBI acquiring the bloody swab.

"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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