DNA from straw leads to arrest in robbery at OTR bar

Shannon Howard (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Shannon Howard (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - DNA from a straw has led to an arrest in a robbery at an Over-the-Rhine bar.

Grammer's on Walnut Street was robbed on Aug. 6, 2011. Police say three suspects entered the bar and held employees at gunpoint and demanded money. The manager was then forced to destroy the computer the robbers believed to contain images of the robbery.

Police collected straws from vodka and cranberries that the suspects drank that night. The DNA from one of the straws led police to Shannon Darnell Howard, 25, of Dayton, OH.

A warrant was filed on April 26 for Howard's arrest. He was taken into custody on Thursday and booked in the Hamilton County Detention Center.

Howard is charged with safecracking, kidnapping and two counts of aggravated robbery.

The robbery caused Grammer's to shut down briefly due to the violence. The bar reopened in September.

Howard was in court Friday morning and had his bond set at $305,000.

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