ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- A retired security guard was behind bars Monday for allegedly murdering a retiree in northern San Diego County more than three decades ago, according to KSWB. "A promise was made 32 years ago by the daughter of the decedent, that we would find and bring the killer to justice and that's happened," said Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter. Nathan Eugene Mathis, 62, was arrested last week at his Ontario home in connection with the fatal stabbing of 75-year-old Richard Finney of Escondido, according to police.
On the morning of Nov.
13, 1986, Finney was found stabbed to death in his living-room chair at the East Mission Avenue apartment where he lived by himself, Lt. Ed Varso said. Money, jewelry and other miscellaneous items belonging to the victim had been stolen.
Detectives who initially investigated the homicide collected evidence at the crime scene, including two knives used in the deadly assault, fingerprints and blood. They were unable to identify a suspect, however, and the case eventually went cold, the lieutenant said. In 2007, Escondido Police Department cold-case homicide investigators Chuck Gaylor and Norman Wight reopened the investigation.
"Technological advances not available in 1986 allowed them to have further testing completed on the previously collected blood evidence," Varso said. "The testing revealed the DNA profile of a potential suspect." The newly obtained information was compared with known genetic profiles in a national database but resulted in no matches. It's incredibly frustrating because having a bloody palm print with two DNA profiles, suspect and victim's blood on this blood print it's basically having the silver bullet for a case," said Retired Escondido Police Sgt.
Chuck Gaylor. In 2016, EPD forensic fingerprint expert Cassaundra Barnes used new technology that allowed for a better quality photograph of a fingerprint collected from Finney's apartment. The improved image, in combination with advances in fingerprint comparison databases and comparisons of Mathis' DNA with the genetic material collected from Finney's apartment in 1986, led to Mathis' identification as a suspect in the case.
Mathis was booked into county jail in Vista, where he is being held on a £3 million bail. "The victim is deceased, he was stabbed to death 31 times and now you have a mixture of his blood along with the suspect's. So it's frustrating in the sense that until you can get a name to compare absent making a hit through CODIS, you just have to wait, and be persistent," said Gaylor.
The motive for the slaying remains unclear, the lieutenant said.
Though Mathis lived in northern San Diego County at the time, there is no evidence that he knew the victim or had met him prior to the homicide, according to Varso.33.119207 -117.086421
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a security guard arrested in connection with two attacks on women in a Broward County neighborhood has told investigators he has a problem. The police report on the Sunday arrest of 25-year-old Dante M. Collins says he admitted trying to sexually attack the two women, who were able to get away after he pushed them to the ground in February and April.
Police say he also confessed to as many as 10 other attempted attacks in a neighborhood of Coral Springs. Court record show Collins described himself as a sex addict in 2014, after he was arrested in Hollywood on complaints of a man exposing himself to women. Now he's being held on £250,000 on sexual battery charges.
Jail records don't list a lawyer.
A 52-year-old woman was charged with dragging a security guard with her car after she was caught shoplifting at a grocery store earlier this year in west suburban Aurora.
About 6:15 p.m. Feb.
19, the security guard, a 24-year-old woman, caught Lori R. Federman stealing meat and vitamins from the Jewel-Osco at 1952 W.
Galena Blvd, according to Aurora police. When the guard confronted her, Federman ran to her car and the woman gave chase.
After getting into the car, Federman grabbed the guard by her collar, pulled her partially into the car and drove off, police said. Federman eventually let her go before speeding out of the parking lot.
The guard was treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said.
Detectives used several forensic items to identify Federman as the suspect, police said
Federman, of Montgomery, turned herself over to police on April 18.
She was charged with aggravated battery and retail theft, police said.
Information about her bond and next scheduled court date wasn't immediately known.