THE MYSTERY of an armed robbery was solved thanks to dog poop that was found on the suspect's shirt.
William Carroll, 62, allegedly attacked a woman on Monday night outside of her apartment, apparently making a mess that led to his capture, Miami-Dade Police said.
The police reportedly said the woman had stopped at a stairway right outside of her apartment complex to pick up her dog's poop when Carroll approached her from behind and pushed her against a wall.
He then allegedly pulled out a knife and started to strangle her.
The report said Carroll attempted to take her watch and bracelets before giving up and fleeing with her bookbag that contained her wallet and credit cards.
A witness claimed that he saw the 62-year-old robbing the woman and screamed that he was going to call the police, but the criminal just told him to shut up.
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Officers who responded to the call found Carroll out of breath a few blocks away from the crime and recognized that he matched the victim's description.
They also found a knife, the victim's bookbag and some of the victim's credit cards near this scene.
It was not just the man's description that put him behind bars, though.
Carrol first denied having an involvement in the crime when he was interviewed by cops.
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However, police noticed a dog poop stain on Carroll's shirt that matched the dog poop of the victim.
The victim and the witness then identified Carroll as the robbery suspect according to the report.
He was arrested on armed robbery and battery charges as the victim suffered minor injuries around her neck, and he was booked into the Miami-Dade jail without bond.
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"I have two dogs, and I walk them like three times a day and late at night," one resident told NBC6. "I need to be more careful I guess."
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