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DNA Solves Robbery Case

Using DNA evidence and the positive identification by the victim, Key West Police Detectives were able to identify and charge a Key West man for a robbery that occurred in February. Nahun Paz, 36, has been charged for the robbing a young woman on her bicycle.

On a February evening a woman was riding her bike on Staples Avenue when a man rode up on a bike beside her. Suddenly, according to the victim, the man swerved his bicycle in front of her, knocked her over, then snatched her bag from the basket on the front of her bike.

Though he fled the scene, the suspect left behind a gray hoodie, which detectives submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for DNA analysis. That analysis turned up a match of the DNA profile between the clothing and Paz. Based on the evidence, detectives were able to obtain a court order to collect new DNA from Paz, who was incarcerated at the Monroe County jail on an unrelated robbery charge. The results of that test matched. The victim was able to positively identify Paz in a photo lineup.

Paz, 36, remains in the Monroe County Detention Center and has been charged for the February 27th robbery.