• Monterey Police Touting Success of DNA Evidence as a Tool

    The Monterey Police Department has recently made two different arrests that were possible due to the collection of DNA evidence at crimes scenes.

    Brett FreshourOn September 25, 2014, Monterey Detectives arrested Brett Freshour, a 23 year old male, at his home in Seaside for assault with intent to commit rape, burglary and threats. Freshour was identified by DNA as the suspect in an assault from October 2012. In that incident, the suspect broke into the residence and attempted to sexually assault the victim when she got out of the shower. The suspect fled on foot prior to police arrival. A DNA profile of the suspect was located on evidence left at the crime scene. Initially, there was no match to the unknown suspect profile, and it remained in CODIS. In the meantime, Freshour was arrested and convicted of a separate sexual offense and his known profile was uploaded to the system. Freshour was booked at the Monterey County Jail with a bail of $1,000,000.

    Jennifer CormierIn the second case, a residential burglary was reported in April 2013. During the burglary a handgun and jewelry were stolen and DNA evidence was collected from the crime scene. In April 2014, DOJ received a hit on the profile in CODIS to Jennifer Cormier, 41 years old. The case was submitted to the District Attorney’s Office and they filed an arrest warrant for burglary with a $90,000 bail. Cormier was arrested on October 22, 2014 at a motel in Marina. She was found to be in possession of narcotic paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and stolen property from a vehicle burglary earlier that day in Monterey. Cormier was booked at the Monterey County Jail on the warrant and the fresh charges.

    These two cases highlight the importance of DNA evidence in criminal investigations and have proven to be a successful addition to the law enforcement tool box.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 24, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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