LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A known juvenile offender has been arrested for a January sexual attack after a DNA match led deputies to his front door.
On January 7, 2011, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received information in reference to a just occurred home invasion robbery and sexual battery involving a senior adult victim (over the age of 65). The suspect was described only as a male in his teens wearing either a hood or mask to cover his face. Detectives with the Major Crimes/Special Victims Unit responded and assumed the investigation.
Evidence was recovered which included a potential DNA profile from a possible suspect. The evidence was submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for comparison to known offenders.
On May 3, 2011 FDLE received a match from the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database. It identified the DNA profile submitted from the sexual battery as a match to Darnell Taylor, DOB 1-7-94.
Detectives were notified and a pick up order for the arrest of Taylor was obtained on May 6, 2011. Taylor was arrested at his home without incident that evening. He was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.