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DNA evidence links Baton Rouge man to burglary of local restaurant

Photo provided by East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:00pm

DNA evidence has linked a Baton Rouge man to a burglary that happened back in January.

Derek B. Davis, 27, was arrested on Monday, Oct. 14 for the burglary of the New Panda Restaurant on Jefferson Hwy. The incident happened on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

During the initial investigation, Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office learned that the suspect gained entry to the business by prying open the rear door. Once inside, the suspect punched a hole through the inner door.
The restaurant reported that roughly $100 in cash and $100 in coins was missing from the register. When investigators processed the scene, they found blood on the floor beneath the register.

The blood sample was submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. The results returned at the end of September and identified Davis as the suspect.

“The victim advised she had never employed Derek Davis, and did not know [him], and she never gave him permission to enter the restaurant after closing,” the report noted.

Additionally, Davis was connected to another burglary, which happened on June 6, 2013. It happened at a business located in Central.

Davis was arrested and charged with Simple Burglary (two counts), Simple Criminal Damage to Property, and Theft. The charges are listed as felonies. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bond has been set at $37,500.  

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