DNA from cigarette butt leads police to suspect in slaying
A discarded cigarette butt found outside the front door of a slaying victim’s house in Northeast Baltimore led detectives to a suspect in the stabbing of a 91-year-old woman during a burglary, according to police and court documents.
"The way we closed this case was right out of a scene from CSI,” city police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Friday, referring to the popular television show that focuses on solving crimes through high-tech forensic techniques.
"We’re very pleased,” said Irene Ushry, the daughter of the victim, Irene Logan, who lived on Moravia Road. “It hasn’t been easy. It gives us some peace of mind now that they’ve arrested somone. God has uncovered it. That’s been my prayer ever since this happened, that God would bring this to the light.”
Police said DNA taken from the cigarette matched the DNA of Anthony Robinson, a 45-year-old who also lived in Northeast Baltimore, on East 30th Street near Clifton Park and Lake Montebello. The suspect’s genetic fingerprints were on file from a burglary arrest last month.
"That was our lucky break,” said Baltimore Police Col. Jesse Oden, who heads the Criminal Investigation Division.
Many more details coming later on-line and in Saturday's print editions.