DNA from dead dog’s mouth solves home invasion

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BARBERTON, OH – It’s a dog-eat-dog world. Police in Barberton, Ohio say a dead dog helped nab a suspect in a violent robbery and home invasion that happened last fall.

“One of the subjects had a gun, he assaulted one of the residents in the house, and as they were fleeing, they had a pit bull at the house that went after the suspect and bit him in the arm and leg,” said Marty Eberhart, Barberton Police spokesman.

That’s when police say one of the three suspects shot the dog.

“When officers get there the dog was deceased, they did a DNA swab of the dog’s mouth.”

Yea, you can see where this is going. The DNA sample was sent in for testing. Low-and-behold, two months later, a possible match was found.

The possible match? 24-year-old David Stoddard.

Police say Stoddard was already in jail, facing charges for a January 6th shooting of these two teenage girls, 19-year-old Jessica Halman and 16-year-old Anna Karam. Anna, who was pregnant, died.

Thanks to the clever detectives and the protective pup, Stoddard had to answer to the law. He was indicted by a grand jury for aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

“We were just as amazed too that it actually worked when we did the DNA swab and that it came back to a positive match, so we were pretty shocked by it because we didn’t have any leads on the investigation.”

All thanks to one dog who literally took a bite out of crime.

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