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DNA analysis leads to arrest of Jean-Claude

Thursday, June 12, 2014   by: Staff



An arrest has been made in a robbery from 2007 using DNA evidence that was collected at the scene at the time of the incident.

Officers investigating this robbery in 2007 located a balaclava near the scene. 

The item was submitted to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for DNA analysis. 

At that time a profile was created, but there was no match. 

In the fall of 2013 the National DNA Databank notified the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service that they had made a positive hit in relation to the DNA submitted from the robbery.

As a result of this, a warrant for one count of robbery was requested for 28-year-old Jean-Claude Paquette of Queen Street, Sault Ste. Marie. 

The accused turned himself in this morning and will appear in bail court.

Original release from February 9, 2007

Just after 8 p.m. last evening a lone male entered Algoma Auto Sales on Great Northern Road and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money. 

A lone male believed to be in his late teens, entered the store, produced a handgun and demanded the money. 

The employee was not harmed in the incident. 

The suspect fled on foot headed southbound towards McNabb Street. 

The male is described as being approximately 5’10” with a thin build. 

He was wearing a black mask, a red sweater, dark pants and also had a dark hood on his head. 

If you have any information regarding this robbery contact city police at 949-6300 or Crime Stoppers at 942-7867.


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roxxyroller 6/12/2014 8:32:03 AM Report

See! You will always get caught eventually so it's not even worth it!!
Twist Of Fate 6/12/2014 8:48:26 AM Report

6 years to return the results, seriously?
right wing 6/12/2014 8:50:28 AM Report

Proof that you can read without comprehending what you are reading.

TFinn 6/12/2014 8:52:11 AM Report

geez on The First 48 show .. they get DNA results within the hour
crashed13 6/12/2014 9:04:19 AM Report

Must of been tight with the police for them to bother with DNA.
Most breaking and entry case your lucky if the police take your name and address.
greeneyeds 6/12/2014 9:14:45 AM Report

It wasn't a break and was an armed robbery. And it didn't take that long for the test to be run...originally there was no match, so he must have been arrested and had to provide a dna sample since then.
I bet the employee involved is glad an arrest was made. It must be scary to know that someone who pointed a gun at you is still walking the streets.
Mal99 6/12/2014 9:16:57 AM Report

Thank you Sault Ste. Marie Police! Good work.
TheBGuy 6/12/2014 9:17:05 AM Report

This article says, "At that time a profile was created, but there was no match." A DNA profile was created but it did not match anything on file (at that time). To me it sounds like it took 6 years for Jean-Claude to be arrested for something else and was required to submit a DNA sample. Then the match was made. It definitely did not take 6 years to process that original sample.
crashed13 6/12/2014 9:48:07 AM Report

The second story was the armed robbery, they did not mention what type of robbery in the DNA 1st story.
crashed13 6/12/2014 9:48:58 AM Report

Oooops I see now, sorry.
Tag33&1/3rd 6/12/2014 10:50:41 AM Report

Its all the same story--not 2 different stories. Jean-Claude did the armed robbery in 2007--but ya in the 7yrs he must of been arrested on something else recently having to submit his DNA.
"Everything's Eventual" (as per S.King)
kamen 6/12/2014 11:00:58 AM Report

2007? wow...I know it isn't like tv where the results are immediate...but., doesn't take 7 takes 5-10 days, unless it's degraded dna....I am surprised this guy didn't do something leading to an arrest sooner actually...first one to do something stupid and then lie low for a while in this city....but like everyone has get what's coming eventually....
JellyFisch 6/12/2014 11:13:23 AM Report

It doesn't take 5-10 days. With the national use of the only DNA analysis centre in Ottawa I believe, it can take quite some time to produce results. The test itself happens quite quickly. But to begin work On the tests takes up to a year if I remember correctly. Their work is back logged being that every police service in the country uses this one and only analysis centre.
hunti 6/12/2014 11:16:59 AM Report

ya well here we go again,another arrest where it took officers more than 7 years to catch them,sorry to inform you Mr.Officer,being more than 7 years he will walk on all chargers,only murder and rape have no stat.limits...
Twist Of Fate 6/12/2014 11:54:37 AM Report

@right wing
Your right I misread that line of the article. My bad
greeneyeds 6/12/2014 12:03:58 PM Report

I did some Googling and found several sites that state that armed robbery does not have a statute of limitations in Canada. Not sure of the validity of those statements, but given that a DNA match was just found, I don't understand the criticism of the police in this case. It can't be their fault his DNA was not on file until recently I don't think.
Twist Of Fate 6/12/2014 12:16:16 PM Report

Does anyone know when someones DNA is put into this system? For what crimes is this a requirement?
JellyFisch 6/12/2014 12:20:47 PM Report

Hunti and some others have no idea what it takes to be a police officer do you?

Sometimes it is difficult to be able to convince a judge to get a warrant for someone to be forced to provide a DNA sample. You can always ask for the suspect to volunteer for one, but if they are guilty chances are they won't provide a DNA sample. You have to have reasonable and probable grounds to convince the judge to issue and sign a warrant to make somebody provide that DNA sample. Sometimes that can take an extensive amount of time. You have to provide a lots of evidence that you believe such and such person was at the crime scene. That time that is allotted to a police officer to attend court to convince the judge to sign the warrants is very limited as well. Like some other court cases where it takes 6 to 12 months perhaps to convict somebody of simple theft. A police officer may also have that long of a wait time.

Once you have the proper evidence gathered that is required to convince a judge Socinus words and you have your court time to convince the judge over a year has passed. Then you send your DNA samples that you collected from the suspect to the national DNA registry in Ottawa where they analyze it. This place is so backlogged because it excepts DNA residue from every police service in the country. Imagine the samples that Sault Ste. Marie police service sends and multiply it by every other municipal provincial and national police service there is in our country. It can take a very long time to get to the sample that our police service has sent in. Once it is analyzed they then report their findings back to the associated police service.

By then you're looking at perhaps two years three years, or in this case up to seven years. Mind you back at the beginning of the investigation it could have taken a much longer time to even find the suspect and then make them provide a DNA sample after your words have been issued.

What I mean by that is, you knew he was guilty from the beginning and it took him seven years to turn himself in after hiding from the police. What makes you think that's he didn't do the same when they were trying to track them down to get a DNA sample?

There are very complicated processes and steps involved in trying to locate an individua,l arrest an individual, detaining individual, and even make an individual provide a DNA sample.

Perhaps Hunti and some of these other people who criticize the police constantly should walk in their shoes for a day for a month, or even for a year to find out what it is like and how hard it is to be a police officer.

Instead of criticizing their work, how about take an afternoon and research what it takes to undergo this process. Appreciate that the police have found the suspect and that we have apprehended this person and know they will be undergoing a trial to prove their guilt.
JellyFisch 6/12/2014 12:23:06 PM Report

And greeneyed is correct. If the police officers are smart, which they are, they would arrest based on an indictable offence which carries no statute of limitation in this type of offence. If they had arrested on summary conviction, the statute of limitation is 6 months.
JellyFisch 6/12/2014 12:27:34 PM Report

My apologies, robbery is strictly an indictable offence. For which there is no statute of limitation.

2013. Martin's annual criminal code. Pg. 665. S. 344.
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