Iredell County authorities say they have used DNA to link a man to an alleged home invasion more than five months ago.
Jason Wayne Martin was charged last week with eight felonies in connection with the May 5 incident at a home on Bristol Drive near Statesville, the sheriff’s office says.
Investigators say deputies were called to the home by a man who said he and his girlfriend were in the residence when someone kicked in the back door. The man said the intruder pointed the guy at his girlfriend, and when the man confronted the intruder, the gunman fired a shot.
The man said the bullet narrowly missed him and was found lodged in an exterior wall.
During the investigation, deputies said they detected a strong odor of marijuana. They got a search warrant and said they discovered 5 pounds of marijuana and nearly $14,000.
The home invasion victim, identified as Jacob Wayne Wilhelm, was arrested on drug charges. Deputies said they believed the robbery was drug-related.
Investigators said they found a black toboggan cap on the floor of the home and sent the clothing to the state’s DNA lab for analysis. According to deputies, Martin’s DNA was found on the hat.
Martin has been charged with first-degree burglary; two counts of assault by pointing a gun; possession of a firearm by a felon; two counts of second-degree kidnapping; and two counts of attempted armed robbery.
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