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Restaurant robber with semi-automatic weapon nabbed by TrueAllele® DNA results
Thousand Oaks, CA
From July 2015 to May 2016, a lone man robbed three restaurants in Thousand Oaks, CA. He "used a semi-automatic handgun to instill fear in his victims." Police collected a cell phone left by the perpetrator, and zip ties used to restrain a victim. Later, police collected a cast-off straw discarded by a suspect as seen by surveillance.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department asked Cybergenetics to make an evidence-to-evidence comparison between the cast-off straw and the cell phone. TrueAllele extracted the major contributor from each of the mixture DNA items, and produced a match statistic of around 10 quintillion. Weeks later, Cybergenetics received a known standard from suspect Andre Love. Mr. Love matched the straw and phone with statistics in the ten quintillions. He matched a zip tie with statistics in the hundreds.
On September 25, 2017, Cybergenetics Supervisor William Allan testified about the DNA results in the Ventura County Superior Court. Days later, a jury found Mr. Love guilty on all five counts of robbery. Senior Deputy District Attorney James Sullivan said, "TrueAllele results were very helpful, and I intend to use Cybergenetics on future cases."