DNA evidence leads to arrest 10 months after violent home invasion

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Investigators found a hooded sweatshirt at the scene of a violent crime in Pawtucket, and DNA found on it helped police arrest a suspect more than 10 months later.

According to Pawtucket police, on May 19, 2013, officers responded to reports of a home invasion at 112 Dawson Street. The victim told police two masked suspects entered the home and attacked him with a knife and threatened his wife.

Police said the man then fought off his assailants, suffering minor injuries to his hands, and they fled the area on foot.

Investigators later seized a black hooded sweatshirt from the scene. DNA analysis revealed DNA from both the victim and a suspect, identified as 42-year-old Juan Gibson of 48 Johnston Street in Pawtucket.

Gibson was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary and 2 counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling, police said. He appeared before a district court judge Thursday and was ordered held without bail.

The male victim of the home invasion was later murdered at his home on July 28, which has since gone unsolved. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pawtucket Police Department at (401) 727-9100 and ask for Det. Devine at ext. 764 or Det. Laforest at ext. 761.

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