DNA leads Urbana police to felon in home invasion probe

DNA leads Urbana police to felon in home invasion probe

URBANA — The DNA of a convicted felon has been used to link him to a December intrusion into an elderly Urbana couple’s home.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said Daniel Webster, 40, of the 2400 block of Prairie Green, Urbana, was arrested Friday at his home after police received results from the Illinois State Crime lab that showed Webster tried to rob an Urbana man in his home on Dec. 29.

Morgan said the couple were in their home in the 1500 block of South Maple Street just before 3 p.m. that day when the 90-year-old man saw a man walk into the room.

Without saying a word, the intruder reached for the seated man’s wallet in the resident’s rear pocket. The two struggled, drawing the attention of the man’s 85-year-old wife. The intruder ran off without getting the wallet.

Police found that the phone cord to the couple’s home had been cut. They also found a glove that did not belong to the couple in the chair where the man had been sitting.

“Apparently, it came off as he reached for the man’s wallet,” Morgan said. That glove was sent to the lab for DNA analysis and came back last week as matching Webster.

Morgan said Webster has a criminal record, including Champaign County convictions for burglary, unlawful use of weapons and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance so his DNA is already on file in the statewide database.

Police arrested Webster for home invasion and robbery. He was expected to be formally charged Monday.

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