BARBERTON -- Police use DNA swabbed from a dead dog's mouth to catch a suspect after a man robs home's residents and the dog bites him.
On Oct. 6, Barberton police officers responded to a robbery call on Jefferson Avenue.
Three suspects with masks one carrying a gun -- broke into a home and robbed the residents. One victim was assaulted during the robbery.
The residents had a pitbull on the premises and it attacked and bit one of the suspects in the arm and leg. One of the suspects shot the dog as they were running away and the dog died.
At the house, police officers swabbed the dogs mouth for DNA and submitted the DNA into evidence and it was sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification for analysis.
On Dec. 5, Barberton investigators were alerted to a possible DNA match from the sample coming back to David Stoddard.
Officers attempted to locate David Stoddard at several locations and he could not be located.
Through conversations with Stoddard's attorney, arrangements were attempted to be made to turn himself in to investigators and be charged at that time.
Prior to Stoddard coming in with his attorney, Stoddard was arrested by the Akron Police Department for unrelated charges.
On Thursday, David Stoddard, 24, of Barberton, was indicted by the Summit County Grand Jury on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.