DNA evidence leads to arrest of Perry man on burglary charge

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Charles Andrew Onnen, 23, of 2102 Iowa St., Perry, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of attempted second-degree burglary in connection with a July 7 incident at a Perry residence.


A Perry man was arrested Tuesday after his DNA was found at the scene of an alleged attempted burglary.

Charles Andrew Onnen, 23, of 2102 Iowa St., Perry, was charged with attempted second-degree burglary in connection with the incident earlier this month at a house at 816 First Ave. in Perry.

According to court records, a juvenile female called the Perry Police Department July 7 about 10:30 p.m. from her First Avenue home and said she “heard noises emitting from the back door, as if the locked back door was trying to open, of the enclosed back porch of her residence.”

The caller said she peeked through the blinds and saw an unknown male on the back porch. At this, the caller and “another female juvenile hid in one of the bedroom closets and called the police department.”

An officer responded but did not find the strange male. Investigation revealed that “water bottles from the enclosed back porch” had been “moved and opened” during the course of the stranger’s presence on the porch.

A DNA sample was taken from the water bottles and sent into the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation laboratory for analysis, according to court records. The DNA taken from the water bottles was found to match the DNA of Onnen, whose DNA had been collected and filed during the course of prior criminal convictions.

“A DNA swab was procured from the above named defendant and sent to the DCI lab for a second comparison, and it was found to be a match to the DNA on the water bottles,” according to court records.

Onnen is held at the Dallas County Jail on a $5,000 cash-surety bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12 in Dallas County District Court.

Onnen was arrested on a charge of second-degree burglary in October 2015 and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary in November 2015. He was arrested on a charge of third-degree burglary in April 2015 and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary in June 2016.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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