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DNA evidence lands 2 more behind bars

Ronald Simpson
Friday, June 17, 2011 - 3:48pm

Two more accused burglars are now wanted by Shreveport Police and another is behind bars thanks to DNA evidence.

Investigators are looking for two suspects accused of unrelated burglaries after DNA evidence recovered from the respective crime scenes was matched to the offenders. Mark Simmons, now 49 years old, of the 4200 block of Henry Street in Shreveport, has a warrant outstanding for his arrest in connection with a burglary that occurred back in June of 2010 at a home in the 4300 block of Worth Circle. Simmons’ bond is set at $40,000. Ronald Simpson, now 45 years old, of the 2300 block of Marion Street in Shreveport, has a warrant outstanding for his arrest in connection with a burglary that occurred back in February of 2011 at a home in the 2200 block of Darien Street. Simpson’s bond is set at $100,000.

Just over a year ago on June 14, 2010, at approximately 3:00 a.m., an off-duty Shreveport officer observed a male suspect walking in the 700 block of East Washington Street carrying a flat screen television and a DVD player. As the officer identified himself and attempted to question the man, he dropped the electronics and fled the scene on foot. The off-duty officer called for assistance but responding patrolmen were unable to locate the suspect. Upon further investigation, authorities discovered the Saint Barber Church in the 700 block of East Washington Street had been burglarized and the television set and the DVD player discarded by the male suspect had been stolen from the building there. Officers recovered physical evidence from the stolen property that was subsequently sent to the North Louisiana Crime Lab for analysis. That evidence ultimately was matched to 18 year old Zarrien Alexander. Detectives learned Alexander, of the 700 block of East Washington Street in Shreveport, is currently incarcerated at the Caddo Correctional Center on unrelated charges and they have now charged him with a single count of simple burglary of a religious building

Each one of theses suspects was identified after investigating patrol officers recovered evidence at the crime scenes that was later submitted to the North Louisiana Crime Lab for analysis. Anyone having any information concerning the whereabouts of Mark Simmons or Ronald Simpson is urged to call Shreveport Police detectives at 318-673-6985 or Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.

Mark Simmons

Zarrien Alexander

From Shreveport Police Department

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