Convicted felon James Garcia was connected to a 2008 home invasion by DNA recovered at the scene and is charged with the crime.
Investigative diligence and science combined to link a convicted felon to a home invasion on Chicago’s Northwest Side in 2008. James Garcia, 29, of the 4500-block of West Harrison Street, has been charged with two counts of Felony Home Invasion with a Firearm. Police say that sometime during the daylight hours of December 10, 2008, Garcia and an accomplice forced their way into a residence in the 4900-block of West Medill and stole approximately $15,000 worth of jewelry from the residents at gunpoint.
Detectives investigating the scene noticed drops of blood inside the residence, but none of the victims had open wounds. Investigators summoned an evidence technician to process the scene and the technician was able to gather sufficient blood sample evidence to send to the DNA section for further analysis.
A positive DNA match was made for James Garcia, who is currently serving time in Western Illinois Correctional Center for an unrelated weapons conviction. Garcia was brought to Area 5, where he was identified in a police lineup and subsequently charged in the home invasion. Area 5 detectives are actively looking for the second offender in this case. Persons with information may call Area 5 Violent Crimes at 312/746-8282.