CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A fingerprint recovered at the scene of a 2008 burglary in Cape Coral has led to the arrest of a suspect in the 2 ½-year-old case. Darryl Joseph Byrd (DOB: 09/08/1989) has been charged with Burglary and Criminal Mischief after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement notified Cape Coral detectives yesterday that they had matched the fingerprint to Byrd.
On March 18, 2008, Cape Police responded to a burglary at 415 NE Juanita Court. The victim reported that someone had entered his residence by breaking the front glass door. A hammer that did not belong to the victim was found on scene. A flat screen television was laying screen side down on the coffee table with cables unplugged.
Cape Police Officer Malenie Rivera processed the scene for fingerprints, and the recovered prints were provided to Forensics for comparison. The prints were entered into the system; however, no match was found, and the case was pended until additional information was obtained.
On October 28, FDLE contacted Cape Police Detective Alisha McDonald and notified her that the prints obtained from the 2008 burglary had been compared to Darryl Byrd and found to be a match. One of Byrd’s fingerprints matched the print located on the front of the victim’s television.
Earlier today, Detective McDonald and Detective John Howes made contact with Byrd, who was in custody at the Lee County Jail on unrelated charges. Byrd denied knowing the victim or being in the residence. He could offer no reasonable explanation why his fingerprint would be on the victim’s television. He did say that his mother lived in Cape Coral and he would have visited her during the time of the burglary.
Based on the evidence, Detective McDonald determined that probable cause existed to charge Byrd with Burglary and Criminal Mischief related to the 2008 case.