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DNA test leads to man’s arrest

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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — Police arrested a man Thursday after testing saliva taken from a victim’s neck following a December robbery.

Justice of the Peace Bill Price arraigned Marcel D’Shawn Ervin on Thursday on a charge of aggravated robbery. Price set Ervin’s bond at $200,000.

On June 24, the Copperas Cove Police Department received test results back from the Texas Department of Public Safety crime lab that allegedly confirmed saliva taken from a robbery victim’s neck matched Ervin’s DNA.

Police responded to a robbery at a convenient store in the 1200 block of West Avenue B on Dec. 26, according to an arrest affidavit. The victim told police a man entered the store brandishing a screwdriver. The man jumped over the counter and demanded money, so the victim gave him $27 from the cash register.

The man then allegedly took the victim to a back room of the business and demanded she give him the video surveillance tape. The victim told the man there was no tape because everything was recorded to the computer, which she couldn’t access.

According to the affidavit, the man began to kiss and lick the victim’s neck before allegedly demanding she take off her clothes. Refusing, the victim and the man got into a struggle and he fled the scene.

In an unrelated incident, Price also arraigned Cory Jay Nixon on a charge of theft of a firearm. Price set his bond at $8,000.

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