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Man, 20, arrested in Stafford break-in

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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.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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