Memphis TN Feb 7 2017 Blood from a man who was shot during the robbery of an armored car last summer helped authorities identify the suspect who pleaded guilty to the crime Monday.
James Edward Lacey Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to the armed robbery of the Dunbar armored truck where $118,942 was stolen, according to U.S. Atty. Ed Stanton's office.
According to authorities, Memphis officers responded to the robbery outside the Memphis Light Gas & Water office at 2424 Summer Ave. on Aug. 18.
Police found the courier had been pepper-sprayed and was robbed by Lacey. The driver of the truck saw the robbery and shot Lacey in the right side. Lacey then fled on foot with the money and was picked up by someone driving a Jeep Liberty.
Authorities said a DNA analysis of the blood found on the scene was processed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and led them to Lacey.
A tip to Crime Stoppers was also received and identified Lacey as the suspect in the robbery.
Five days before the robbery of the armored truck, police said Lacey was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a gun.
Lacey will be sentenced on May 12 in U.S. Dist. Judge Sheryl H. Lipman's court. He faces up to 30 years in prison on the charges and a $500,000 fine.