DRYDEN, N.Y. — Police used DNA to track down a woman who tried to rob a Chinese restaurant in the village of Dryden in 2015, a news release from the Dryden Police Department states.

Alayna L. Emery 32, of Washington, Vermont, is charged with second-degree attempted armed robbery, a felony, after police say she tried to rob the Golden City Chinese Restaurant at knife point on Jan. 8, 2015.

According to police, officials were called around 1 p.m. to the restaurant at 9 North St. after the woman fled from the scene.

The business owner told police that a petite female entered the restaurant with a red scarf covering her face and demanded money from the register, saying she had a gun. She showed the owner a knife and unsuccessfully tried to open the register herself before the owner scared her off and chased her down the street.

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The woman then threatened the man with the knife and was able to flee the scene in a dark-colored pick up truck, leaving the scarf and a jacket behind.

Two businesses were able to catch the woman on camera, but police were unable to identify her.

The scarf and jacket was sent to the New York State Police lab in Albany, and a DNA profile was picked up from the clothing. But there were no matches to the DNA in the National DNA Index System.

Police said the case went cold for more than two years until a state Combined DNA Index System administrator contacted Dryden Police on March 3 to inform them that the DNA matched Emery.

Police began investigating the case again and were able to track down Emery to Vermont, where she’d been arrested for a separate crime. Police worked with the Vermont Probation Department to arrange an Aug. 9 meeting with Emery in Barre, Vermont.

During the meeting, police say Emery gave a written and recorded statement confessing to the crime. She was permitted to turn herself in to the Dryden Police Department at a later time and did so on Oct. 2.

Emery was arraigned in the Dryden Town Court and appears to still be in custody at the Tompkins County Jail.

Jolene Almendarez

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