DNA match, final piece of evidence against third robber
Boca Raton, FL Boca Raton Police detectives have the final piece of evidence, linking a suspect to the robbery he committed in early 2010. The original crime happened on January 2, 2010, when a customer was robbed at gunpoint inside Best Caribbean Cuisine restaurant. For the original release, click: http://bit.ly/hrFKXU
On the night of the robbery, Romulus, Austin and a third offender crashed in Boynton Beach and fled from a vehicle. Romulus and Austin were arrested that night, but one suspect eluded capture. Officers collected several pieces of evidence at the crash scene, including items of clothing and a black hat with two eye holes cut out. The vehicle used in the robbery was a rental car leased to a female, who reported it stolen from Tamarac by her boyfriend Patrick Osias. The night Austin was arrested, he told detectives the third occupant of the vehicle, Patrick, committed the robbery, although he would later refuse to identify him in a photo line-up.
The investigation revealed, through cell phone records, that Osias was near the scene of the crash and that he texted his girlfriend, relaying information about the damage to the rental vehicle. Further, in March, 2010, Boca Raton detectives submitted the clothing collected near the crash scene to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab for DNA analysis. On March 16, 2011, detectives received the DNA analysis from the black hat submitted. The profile matched Patrick Osias, who was already in custody on unrelated charges.
On March 19, 2011 detectives charged Patrick Osias with robbery with a deadly weapon and grand theft.
Boynton Beach, FL
(photo courtesy of PBSO)