HCSO: Hat leads to arrest of man on the run for 2 years after robbing hearing-impaired victim

HOUSTON — Another criminal was taken off the streets thanks to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) Database.

After two years of being on the run for an aggravated robbery, Deonte Andrus was tracked down and placed behind bars.

According to the Harris County Constable’s Office, the robbery occurred in the 2800 block of Hirschfield Road in 2015.

A hearing-impaired man reported that two unknown men knocked on his front door, pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet. After the victim gave the men his wallet, they ran off, but one of them left behind a beanie-style hat.

The hat was processed for DNA evidence at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. Based on the DNA match, Andrus — who was already in jail for unrelated charges — was charged with first degree felony aggravated robbery.

His bond was set at $50,000.