A severed finger has helped investigators solve the mystery of a deterrent attack in which the suspect allegedly attempted to break into a home.
Police officers recovered the body part believed to belong to 67-year-old Vernon Forest Wilson, who has since faced multiple charges, including first-degree burglary.
Officials in North Carolina first responded to a report of an attempted home invasion Thursday morning after a gunman attempted to gain entry into a home in Burlington.
According to a press release, a terrified local resident went outside to start a vehicle in their driveway when the stranger approached.
When a fight ensued at the door, the bumbling burglar’s gun reportedly went off before grazing the resident’s chest.
The resident was not seriously injured and was able to slam the door before the suspect fled the scene.
Forensics investigators later found a finger in the suspect’s glove, which police spokeswoman Emily-Lynn Adkins said may have fallen off during the fight.
They believe the finger was severed from Wilson’s hand when the homeowner slammed the door with his hand.
Using fingerprints extracted from the grisly evidence, officers were then able to identify the owner as Vernon Forest Wilson.
The 67-year-old from Hillsborough has since been charged with first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, serious injury and possession of a firearm by a prohibited criminal.
He is being held on a $250,000 bond.
The latest find comes after it was revealed how investigators are using new DNA genealogy to identify potential suspects in decades-old cases.
In July, police were able to use discarded airport evidence to apprehend a suspected killer some 47 years after the brutal murder of a teenager.
According to WGAL, the new technology uses a DNA sample combined with family trees, public archives, databases and court records to locate a suspect.
The latest intelligence leading to the arrest of a 66-year-old suspect was conducted by the District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit and Parabon NanoLabs.
“It’s a highly scientific tip, but still a tip,” said the police after the find.
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