Edgewater Man Linked To Attempted Burglary Through DNA Evidence On Doorbell

By on March 16, 2018 in WNDB News

Edgewater, FL – The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) says that detectives used DNA evidence found on a doorbell to track down the man who allegedly attempted to break into an elderly Edgewater couple’s home.

The attempted burglary occurred October 9 when a suspect came to the front door of the couple’s home at 662 Old Mission Rd. and rang the doorbell before he put on gloves and tried to break in through the window, VCSO says. The 81-year-old man who owned the home responded when he heard the suspect, and the man got a pistol and fired several rounds through his window.

The suspect ran off after the shots were fired, and the 81-year-old man and his wife were not injured. The doorbell button was later swabbed for evidence, and the sample was sent to DNA Labs International for analysis.

The results of the sample came back to VCSO on Monday, and the analysis revealed that the sample matched the DNA of 41-year-old Jason Braun, of Edgewater. Braun was already in custody on an unrelated charge, and a detective got a confession from him.

Braun was served an arrest warrant and is charged with one count of burglary of an occupied dwelling, carrying a bond of $25,000.

“This case is just further proof that our detectives never give up on a case, and they’ll do whatever it takes to track down and arrest anyone responsible for crime in our county,” says  Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood. “Jason Braun picked the wrong house that day. He’s lucky he wasn’t shot. I hope this was a wake-up call for him and all the other burglars out there who want to test their luck in Volusia County.”

You can find earlier reporting on this story here.

Photo courtesy Chaay Tee and Shutterstock.com.

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2018.

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