DNA from Dog Bite Helps Apprehend Suspect in Barberton, Ohio Home Invasion

January 30, 2013

Dog Bites

DNA from dog biteGetting bitten by a dog is typically a negative experience, but a recent dog bite in Barberton, Ohio during a home invasion led to the apprehension of one of the robbery suspects.

On Oct. 6th, a house located on Jefferson Avenue in Barberton, Ohio was invaded by three men with masks who robbed two residents of the home and assaulted one of them.  At least one of the robbers was armed with a gun.

As the thieves were fleeing the scene, a pit bull went after one of the men and bit him in the leg and arm.  One of the three men then shot the dog who died before police arrived.  Despite his death, the dog still had an important role to play in the story because the police officers performed a DNA swab of the dog’s mouth and sent it to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) hoping to get a match in the state DNA bank.

In early December, the police learned that David Stoddard was a possible match for the DNA found in the pit bull’s mouth at the scene of the robbery.

Ironically, Stoddard, who is from Barberton, was the same man arrested and charged with the Jan.6 shooting of 19-year-old Jessica Halman and 16-year-old Anna Karam inside a house in Akron, Ohio.  Karam, who was pregnant, died as a result of the shooting.

On Jan. 17, Stoddard was indicted by the grand jury for aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in the Barberton invasion.  Police are still seeking the other two men involved in that crime.

Police say that if they had not swabbed the deceased dog’s mouth, they may have never solved the robbery.

In this specific case, the dog was most likely protecting his owner.  The dog did bite a person, but it was in a threatening situation where the dog’s aggression was a natural reaction to the violent circumstances around him.

In most cases, if you are on a dog owner’s property or the dog is off his property and a person is bitten, the dog owner is at found to be at fault.  There are exceptions if someone is tormenting the dog, etc.

In any event, a dog bite is something to get checked out by a doctor and maybe a lawyer if the injury is disfiguring or serious enough to warrant prolonged treatment.  If you are bitten by an uncontrolled dog, or even one allegedly under the owner’s control, it is highly possible someone was negligent, careless or reckless and you should be compensated for your pain and suffering and medical expenses, missed work, etc.

At Slater & Zurz LLP in Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Columbus, you can find experienced dog bite attorneys who will review your case with you and help you decide if you have a lawsuit against the dog owner(s) to compensate you for the injuries you sustained in a dog attack.  Call the firm at 1-888-321-0274 or visit our website at http://www.dogbitesohio.com

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