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Man, 20, arrested in Stafford break-in
Blood left on a toilet seat has resulted in the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into a Stafford County home last year.
Juan Manuel Rico Jr., 20, of no fixed address, is charged with nighttime burglary, grand larceny and destruction of property.
According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Stafford Circuit Court, a home at 905 Cresthill Drive in Falmouth was broken into on July 4.
Someone broke a rear window that led into a bathroom, court records state. Police found blood spatter on the toilet seat near the broken window.
Court records do not state what was stolen, but based on the charge it had a value of at least $200.
Detective Angelo Irizarry collected the blood and sent it to the state lab in Richmond.
A lab analysis showed a probable DNA match to Rico.
Rico’s criminal history was unclear Tuesday, but he has to have a felony conviction to be in the state lab database.
The search warrant allowed police to collect mouth swabs from Rico so that more detailed DNA testing can be done.
A preliminary hearing on the charges he faces is scheduled for July 23 in Stafford General District Court.
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