A man charged in a fatal bank robbery 13 years ago was captured with the help of a tipster and DNA secretly collected from an envelope when he coincidentally filed a fraud complaint. Authorities say Richard Leon Wilbern was arrested Tuesday when he went to meet with FBI agents in Rochester for what he thought was a meeting about his complaint. Wilbern had been on the FBI's radar since March, when a former co-worker named him as a suspect in the August 2003 robbery of a credit union on the Xerox Corp.'s campus in Webster, NY, where he once worked, the AP reports.
A bank customer was fatally shot in the neck and another customer was wounded when a man wearing an FBI jacket opened fire after telling an employee he was there for a security assessment. The robber escaped with more than $10,000. In what the FBI called "an incredible coincidence," investigators were looking into the tip when Wilbern called the FBI to report a suspected real estate scam. When agents met with Wilbern, who served time for a 1980 bank robbery, they had him sign paperwork and lick an envelope, from which they obtained a DNA sample. They matched that sample to one taken from an umbrella left behind at the bank robbery 13 years earlier. (Read more bank robbery stories.)