DNA on baseball cap leads to arrest in home invasion

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EVERETT, Wash. —

Police said DNA on a baseball cap led to the arrest of a man in a home invasion last summer.

Two men and a woman were sleeping in their apartment on Grand Avenue in Everett when one man and the woman awoke to hear someone at the front door yelling “police!” as the door was kicked in.

Three men entered the apartment.  At least one of them had what appeared to be a firearm.

According to probable cause documents, the intruders forced the man and woman into their bedroom and attempted to restrain the male victim with a set of zip ties. When the man resisted, he was pistol-whipped, causing him to fall to the ground with a cut on his head.

Police said the victim then got up and fled the apartment, ran to a neighbor’s apartment and asked them to call 911.

The three intruders were gone when police arrived.  A safe had been stolen from a victim’s bedroom, the police report said.

Investigators said the intruders left behind evidence that included zip ties and a baseball hat.

The hat was sent off to the Washington State Patrol lab for processing and a DNA profile was created.  That profile was checked through the Combined DNA Index System, which identified the DNA on the hat as coming from 48-year-old Steven L. Smith, police documents said.

On Mar. 6, an Everett police detective met with the two victims and showed them a photo montage he created using Smith’s most recent booking photo.  Both independently identified Smith as one of the men in the home invasion.

Smith has since been arrested on first-degree robbery charges. Before that arrest he had a warrant and had been arrested on drug charges while police awaited the DNA results.

The victims said they do not know Smith.

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