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DNA evidence leads police to robbery suspects

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Odis Brown (Source: White County Sheriff's Office) Odis Brown (Source: White County Sheriff's Office)
Carlos Mellon (Source: White County Sheriff's Office) Carlos Mellon (Source: White County Sheriff's Office)
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SEARCY, AR (KAIT) - Searcy police arrest two men in connection to a 2013 robbery.

On July 18, 2013, police were sent to the Valero gas station located on East Park and Benton in response to an armed robbery.

According to police, three black males with red bandanas covering their faces aimed a pistol at the clerk and demanded money. Detectives found one of the bandanas while searching the scene.

The bandana was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for DNA testing.

On Feb. 14, officials were notified that the DNA on the bandana belonged to Odis Brown, 33, of Augusta.

As the investigation continued, Carlos Mellon, 28, of Searcy, was also arrested for robbery.Mellon was in custody on armed robbery charges for robbing the same Valero in Nov. 2013.

Brown and Mellon are being held at the White County Law Enforcement Center on $100,000 bond. Both are facing aggravated robbery charges. 

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