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DNA identifies Cedar Rapids man as suspect in a 2-year-old robbery

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man was arrested this week after DNA identified him as a suspect in a 2-year-old robbery at a cellphone store in Marion.

Edward K. Collins Jr., 27, faces a charge of second-degree robbery.

The criminal complaint states Collins and an accomplice donned ski masks and latex gloves on Oct. 16, 2017, and robbed a Verizon Wireless store at 2240-5 Seventh Ave. During the robbery, the robbers bound the wrists of the store clerk and stole a number of cellphones.

Police said the suspects then discarded the gloves and masks, which police retrieved and sent to the Division of Criminal Investigation lab for DNA analysis.

The complaint states Collins’ DNA was found inside one of the masks. The second suspect is not identified in the complaint.

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