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Two men were arrested after the authorities allegedly connected them to criminal activity using DNA left on a cigar at the site of grave robberies in a Florida cemetery.

43-year-old Brian Tolentino resides in Davenport, and 39-year-old Juan Lopez is a resident of Lake Wales. Both men originally hail from Puerto Rico.

Tolentino has a felony record, and Davenport worked as a police officer before they came to the incorporated U.S. mainland.

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When a DNA sample from a water bottle that was allegedly discarded during the robbery of a jewelry store led the authorities to a suspect, the man was additionally assumed to be the person who broke into the home of a Hollywood couple last year.

In 2019, actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell reported that their home had been burglarized and the suspect had stolen jewelry. An item allegedly used during the invasion contained a sample of DNA, and the authorities collected it during their investigation.

This year on April 27, the manager of Marcelo’s Fine Jewelry in Tampa, Florida closed the store, secured the building, and departed for the evening.

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A Washington man is facing charges after authorities allege he is the proprietor of an illegally manufactured treehouse containing pornographic images of children that they discovered in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

For several years an urban legend type rumor has been making the rounds by hikers of the area about an unorthodox cabin nestled in the woods of the Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington.

A curious Department of Natural Resources worker decided he was going to try to uncover the existence of the rumored structure. He began his search and after half a dozen attempts he came across an ornate cabin nestled in a tree in November 2016.

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In October 2016, a Huntington Beach woman took the stand as a witness in defense her boyfriend who was charged with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Her boyfriend was found guilty and sentenced. The woman was arrested on Thursday for allegations of providing false testimony during the trial in order to protect him from a conviction.

Jeffrey Scott Jones, boyfriend of 50-year-old Cynthia Marie Dunaway-Erickson, stood trial for raping a teenage girl living under her care. The victim told her friend’s mother about the sexual assault and the mother reported it to the police. Officers took the girl for a rape examination where DNA was collected and examined. When the sample matched Jones’ DNA he was taken into custody.

Dunaway-Erickson testified on behalf of Jones, and she confirmed the defense’s claim that the semen was discovered inside the girl because she and Jones used the same towel.

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On Wednesday morning at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, a female inmate approached a teaching instructor on the staff claiming she had been raped by a deputy during the night in the one of the jail dormitories. The woman named her alleged attacker as 31-year-old Giancarlo Scotti; a San Pedro resident and 10-year veteran deputy of the LA County sheriff’s department who is employed at the facility. Shortly after the initial report a second woman made similar allegations about Scotti, who was on duty during the time the assaults occurred.

As reported during a news conference by L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, the area of the jail where the alleged attacks took place was hastily secured in order to preserve any possible evidence. Investigators were called to the scene, and Scotti was held in a watch commander’s office. After an initial inspection, enough data including DNA evidence was obtained to justify Scotti’s arrest on suspicion of two counts of rape and two counts of oral copulation, both under the color of authority.

No charges were filed, and within 10 hours of his booking Scotti was released after posting $100,000 bail. He has currently been put on paid administrative leave.

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Michael Ikeler, 38, is charged with allegedly kidnapping a 2 year old girl on April 2, 2015, while her mother vacuumed her car at a Gardena car wash. The mother looked up to find that her child was gone. Ikeler allegedly sexually assaulted the toddler and dropped her out of his car a couple hours later in a parking lot outside a restaurant in Cudahy.

A woman testifying in Torrance Superior Court, Claudia Robles, stopped to cry for a minute while she recalled finding the girl abandoned and naked in a parking lot.

Robles said she spotted the girl as her boyfriend pulled into the parking lot to get dinner. Robles said she got out and took a photo because she felt like maybe the toddler had wandered off and she wanted to have evidence to build a child neglect case against the parents.

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An Albuquerque man is accused of breaking into a home and stealing $250,000 worth of jewelry from the home while the owners were on vacation. Police investigating the crime found an opened can of soda and an unflushed toilet where he allegedly relieved himself, but forgot to flush.

Investigators were reportedly able to use the DNA left on the toilet and the soda can to identify the man and arrest him for residential burglary and larceny. He is currently in custody and has pled not guilty to the charges.

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