A DNA sample has prompted Illinois authorities to arrest a suspect in 10 home invasions and a handful of sex crimes in the Joliet area. A judge set bail at $3 million, calling defendant Timothy Evans a “terrorist,” the Chicago Tribune says.
Police said the suspect may be responsible for as many as 30 break-ins. He was tripped up by DNA left at the scene of one break-in. He had given the sample in an unrelated case in which he was cleared. “He essentially has terrorized the community,” said Associate Judge Thomas Dunn in ordering the unusually high bail. “I will treat him as a terrorist.”
Evans’s DNA sample is one of about 3,000 Illinois State Police have analyzed from people suspected of crimes. The suspects either voluntarily or involuntarily provided a blood or hair sample to police. The State Police also maintains a database of DNA profiles of 23,000 people found guilty of felonies. The use of DNA databases to solve criminal cases is becoming more and more common.