Shreveport man arrested for attempted murder thanks to DNA evidence

Shreveport Police Department
Friday, August 2, 2013 - 1:08pm

A man accused of committing an armed robbery that nearly claimed the life of a store manager lands in jail thanks to DNA evidence.

Quennel Washington, 36,  of Shreveport, was arrested, Thursday, on charges of attempted first degree murder, armed robbery and possession of marijuana.

On May 24, 2013, Shreveport Police officers responded to an armed robbery of the Dollar General discount store located in the 8100 block of Line Avenue. Upon police arrival, contact was made with store manager Kenneth Berry, who was suffering a single stab wound to the upper body. Berry, who remains paralyzed as a result of the attack, was transported to LSUHSC with serious injuries.

Shreveport Police Crime Scene personnel were successful in gathering evidence recovered at the scene of the crime. The recovered evidence was later submitted to the North Louisiana Crime Lab for analysis. Upon processing of the evidence, investigators were advised a DNA profile match was developed. Authorities established a link to Washington whose identity was unmasked thanks to the DNA findings.

Washington was booked into the Shreveport Jail.


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