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People v Carlos Romero

Using DNA Technology to Solve Crimes

On November 13, 2018, Defendant Carlos Romero was found guilty after a bench trial of home invasion robbery in concert causing great bodily injury and carjacking causing great bodily injury.

On December 13, 2013, the victim was alone in her Dublin home when two men knocked on her door and said they had a package. When she opened the door, they forced their way into her home, beat her, and bound her hands behind her back. She was moved to the upstairs landing of her home, where the men ransacked the bedrooms. She was able to untie her bindings and ran for the door, but they caught up to her and beat her again. Her hands were again bound behind her back and her feet were bound. Overall, the defendant and his accomplice spent between 45 mins to an hour inside her home and stole approximately $25,000 worth of items, including her vehicle. The beating resulted in a broken orbital bone.

The investigation into the identity of the robbers was difficult, as the victim was not able to make a positive identification. However, during the course of the crime, the victim heard one of the perpetrators gargle some liquid and spit into her kitchen sink 2-3 times.

When the crime scene technician, Deputy Zedlitz of Dublin Police Services, processed the scene, she noticed a yellow substances that was in the sink and seemed suspicious. Deputy Zedlitz saw nothing in the kitchen that she could associate with the yellow substance. She called to the officers that were with the victim at the hospital and the victim mentioned hearing one of the perpetrators spitting into the sink. Swabs were taken and sent to the ACSO Crime Lab and Defendant Romero was eventually identified through a DNA match.

Defendant Romero is expected to be sentenced on December 13, 2018.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Colleen Clark, with the assistance of Victim-Witness Advocate Lindsay Reynolds and Inspector Robert Davila.

Posted on Dec 3, 2018