Police track down suspect wanted in Westport robberies by DNA left on rubber band

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The suspect allegedly responsible for putting a Midtown restaurant owner in the hospital last December has been arrested.

Edward K. Thomas, 53, has been charged with three counts of first-degree robbery and three counts of armed criminal action.

Thomas is allegedly connected to the Dec. 23 robbery of Cupini's in Westport, which resulted in the owner  being battered and bruised.

According to the probable cause statement, Thomas used his teeth to remove a thick rubber band that surrounded the wallet he allegedly took from the owner of Cupini's. The DNA ultimately led to his arrest.

Thomas reportedly entered the restaurant, waved a pistol and then pointed it at the restaurant's owner.

According to prosecutors, Thomas hit the victim and made him fall. Thomas then kicked the man multiple times and exchanged his pistol for a large  knife, according to the probable cause document. Thomas also allegedly threatened to kill the man and demanded money.

The victim, who feared for his life, claimed that he had money in his wallet and pulled it out to give to Thomas, according to the probable cause statement.

Prosecutors said Thomas took the money from the wallet then fled the restaurant, leaving the rubber band behind that he used his teeth to remove.

Crime scene technicians recovered the rubber band from the restaurant and sent it off for testing. On Jan. 23, the lab results determined that DNA from Thomas was on the rubber band.

Police told prosecutors that they immediately issued a Stop Order for Thomas and had the victim provide a formal statement and positively identify Thomas as the man who committed the crime.

Thomas is also accused of the August robbery of a business in the 100th block of West 19th street and the July 2013 robbery of the Huddle House in the Westport area.

Thomas is being held with bond set at $250,000.

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