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Blood drops lead to burglary suspect

DNA evidence has helped connect a 19-year-old Rosemount man to a break-in last May at Rosemount High School.

The Dakota County Attorney’s office charged William Heminchi Underhill last week with third-degree burglary, a felony, after DNA tests linked him to blood found on the glass of a smashed window.

According to the complaint filed in the county attorney’s office, Rosemount police responded to RHS last May 18 after a teacher arrived at the school to find a window smashed, a metal cabinet pried open and a cash box containing $300 missing.

Police found two sets of footprints in the grass outside the window and blood spots on the floor, glass and cabinets. DNA testing on the blood identified Underhill as a suspect.

After receiving a search warrant, police collected DNA from Underhill. Tests performed on that DNA tied Underhill to the blood found at RHS.

According to the criminal complaint, Underhill admitted using drugs every day. He said a friend broke the window at RHS and he climbed through, cutting his hand in the process. He wouldn’t give police more than the first name of his friend.

If convicted on the third-degree burglary charge Underhill could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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