DNA from a pair of gloves left behind at a crime scene almost a year ago helped authorities link a Benton County inmate to a Yakima break-in.
Juan P. Venegas, 18, is in the Benton County jail on residential burglary charges in connection with two Richland break-ins, authorities said.
The DNA evidence puts Venegas at the scene of a break-in last October on Hickory Lane in Yakima County, authorities said. Intruders broke open a door at the home and pointed a gun at a woman.
A man heard his wife scream and confronted the intruders with a gun, authorities said. He fired at the suspects, who then took off.
A Yakima police dog was able to take authorities to a pair of gloves left at a fence on the property.
The gloves were sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab after no suspects were identified, authorities said. The DNA profile from the gloves was then entered into a national database and it matched Venegas.
Police in Richland arrested Venegas on July 23 after a resident interrupted him burglarizing a home on Pattyton Lane, said Richland Sgt. Mike Harrison. Venegas took off from the home, and authorities used a police dog to track him.
Authorities also found stolen property in a vehicle connected to Venegas from a burglary on Tami Street in Richland, Harrison said.
Jail records show Venegas is being held on $15,000 bail.
Yakima authorities have forwarded their case to prosecutors to review for possible charges.