Dye-Stained Evidence Leads Authorities to Accused Bank Robber

Dye-Stained Evidence Leads Authorities to Accused Bank Robber

Federal authorities accuse a Lowell man of robbing the Fifth Third Bank on the 11000 block of East Fulton on October 9, according to WOOD TV.  

Cody Slaughter, 20, allegedly handed a teller a note implying he had a weapon and demanding money, before fleeing with some cash.  The cash had a dye pack with it.

The robber pictured in surveillance footage was wearing a black Carhartt jacket and a camouflage baseball hat.  Soon after the robbery, authorities found a similar hat in a nearby yard.

One day after the robbery, a worker at the Lowell waste-water treatment plant recovered a dye-stained $5 bill from sewage.

Two days after the robbery, someone phoned in a tip identifying Slaughter as the individual pictured in surveillance footage.

Investigators learned that the yard where they found the camouflage hat was along a direct route from the bank to Slaughter's home.  They also learned at some point that the waste-water treatment workers determined the tattered $5 came from the sewage grid on which Slaughter's home is located.

When Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at Slaughter's home on October 11, they found a towel, a bath mat, and Lysol cleaning wipes stained with dye, along with two dye-stained $1 bills in a washing machine.

Authorities say that a few days after the search at his home, Slaughter then called an associate to ask for money to help him get to Orlando, Florida.  He then allegedly admitted to the robbery and said it was stupid.

Slaughter's in federal custody and held at the Newaygo County jail.


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