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Mosquitos help solve home robbery case in China

Mosquito solves burglary China
  • Dead mosquitoes and blood smeared on a wall helped Chinese police from Fuzhou, Fujian province, solve a burglary that occurred on June 11.
  • The intruder reportedly used a balcony to break into an apartment before lighting mosquito coils, cooking eggs and noodles and sleeping overnight there.
  • During their investigation, the authorities discovered two mosquito corpses with blood smears on one of the apartment’s living room walls.
  • After taking blood samples from the wall for DNA testing, the police identified the intruder, a known criminal surnamed Chai.
  • Chai reportedly confessed to the crime and four other break-ins after his arrest on June 30.

Chinese police identified a burglar after taking samples from two mosquitoes he killed while breaking and entering last month.

The man reportedly broke into an apartment in Fuzhou, Fujian province, at around 1 p.m. on June 11 and stole valuable items, as announced by Fuzhou Public Security via a report on its WeChat account.

Nevada man arrested for 1982 cold case murder of 5-year-old Anne Pham in California

  • Robert John Lanoue, a 70-year-old resident of Reno, Nevada, was named as the suspect behind the cold case kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of 5-year-old girl Anne Sang Thi Pham of Seaside, California, in 1982.
  • The former army sergeant, who was stationed at Fort Ord at the time of the crime, was charged on Thursday while in jail for a probation violation for other sexual assault offenses committed in 1998.
  • Lanoue is now facing one count of first-degree murder, with special circumstance allegations that he murdered Pham while committing kidnapping and a lewd act on a child under the age of 14, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M Pacioni said.
  • Lanoue allegedly kidnapped Pham while she was walking to her kindergarten class at Highland Elementary School just before 11 a.m. on Jan. 12, 1982. Her remains were found two days later on the Fort Ord Army base, about a mile away from her school.
  • Initial investigations reported that Pham was sexually assaulted and strangled, but authorities could not find any leads pointing to the person responsible for the crime. Lanoue, who was 29 at the time, was never considered a suspect.
  • The Monterey County District Attorney's Office created the cold case task force in 2010 and reopened Pham’s cold case in 2020, where they worked alongside the Seaside Police Department.

The suspect behind the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of a 5-year-old girl in Seaside, California, has been identified and arrested four decades later.

Robert John Lanoue, a 70-year-old resident of Reno, Nevada, was charged on Thursday for the crimes against Anne Sang Thi Pham in 1982. He is facing one count of first-degree murder, with special circumstance allegations that he murdered Pham while committing kidnapping and a lewd act on a child under the age of 14, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni said.

Suspect who threw corn cob out of high-rise in China and injured baby caught after DNA analysis

  • Zhu, a 69-year-old woman from Jiaxing, China, was detained by the police for throwing a corn cob off of a high-rise residential building that hit a baby’s head last week.
  • The 8-month-old baby, who was being carried on a walk by her grandmother, suffered from a bleeding injury. She was sent to the hospital, where she is in stable condition.
  • Zhu could face a possible fine or imprisonment, according to officer Wu Yefeng.
  • High-rise littering became a crime under China’s criminal law last year. There have been numerous reports of critical injuries and deaths caused by items thrown off of residential buildings in China.

A woman in China was detained by the police for throwing a corn cob off of a high-rise residential building that hit a baby’s head.  

The police compared DNA found on the discarded cob with saliva samples from five households that purchased corn on the day of the incident which helped them identify Zhu, a 69-year-old woman from Jiaxing in Zhejiang Province, as the perpetrator.

New DNA technology may solve the brutal 1994 murder of 14-year-old Castro Valley teen, says sheriff

  • Investigators used new DNA technology to reexamine evidence in the 1994 unsolved murder of Jennifer Lin, according to Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern.
  • Lin, who was then 14-years-old, was brutally stabbed to death in her home after returning from school on May 27, 1994.
  • The technology allowed investigators to extract new cells and discover new leads that may lead to a breakthrough, Sheriff Ahern added.

A California sheriff said new DNA technology may help solve the 1994 murder of a 14-year-old Castro Valley teen.

Investigators used new DNA technology to reexamine evidence in the 1994 unsolved murder of Jennifer “Jenny” Lin, according to Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern.  

‘I get to be a big brother’: Veteran, 70, adopted as a child from Japan discovers his 7 siblings in Ohio

  • Seventy-year-old Michael Bennett, who was adopted as a child, met seven of his siblings for the first time after undergoing a DNA test in 2019.
  • Bennett was born in Japan in 1951 to a Japanese woman and an American soldier who served in the country after World War II.
  • Bennett’s adoptive parents raised him with knowledge of his biological parents, and he understood why he had to be given up.
  • The Green Beret said the discovery “opened up a whole new world for me” and that he now “gets to be a big brother.”

A Japanese American veteran had the reunion of his life when he met seven of his siblings for the first time after undergoing a DNA test to find out more about himself.

Michael Bennett, 70, was born in Japan in 1951 to a Japanese mother, Yoshiko Nakajima, and an American father, Dick Webster, who served in the country after World War II.