DNA hit leads to EPA school-burglary arrest

Keith Dees Jr. arrested for December burglary of James Flood Elementary School

A DNA match has led to the arrest of an East Palo Alto man in connection with the Dec. 24, 2010, burglary of the James Flood Elementary School in the city.

East Palo Alto police have arrested Keith Dees Jr., 20, for the crime, after DNA from blood found at the scene was found to match that of Dees, police said.

Investigating officers submitted the evidence to the San Mateo County Forensic Laboratory for processing. The DNA profile was submitted to the California Department of Justice for a

search against the CAL-DNA databank, which contains DNA of previously convicted persons. The database found a match with Dees.

Dees was booked into San Mateo County jail for commercial burglary. Police said he admitted to the crime when confronted with the DNA evidence.

The investigation into the burglary is ongoing, police said. Anyone with information regarding the crime is encouraged to call the East Palo Alto Police Department on its anonymous

text and voicemail line at 650-409-6792.

— Palo Alto Online staff


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Posted by Good Job, EPAPD
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

Could they just have confronted him and let him deny it and then press further charges?

Why are these criminals often named "Jr."? Isn't that used when the parent is accomplished and wants to continue the family successes?

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Posted by culturally current
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

dear good job,
you obviously lack a multi cultural understanding and background. you might want to do some research on the subject and broaden your understanding of the use of "jr" within less affluent cultures and broaden your horizons.

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Posted by Steven
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

This whole thing about blood DNA matching raises a whole host of questions. Such as the ease of planting someone else's blood at a crime scene, and the reliability of DNA matching itself, and who owns one's own DNA signature (privacy rights). I'm not saying this guy was set up, but it's a fascinating legal area to consider.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Thanks, culturally current. Reading PA-centric posts is really tiresome when it comes to EPA issues & crimes - they often show a snobbish, narrow-mindedness that is off-putting, ignorant & sometimes even laughable. Given the crime rate in Palo Alto & problems w/PA youth, it's pretty insulting to read these assumption-based posts.

Hey, the Sponsored Employment Program for summer jobs for EPA youth can always use mentors. I hope people who read this will consider volunteering this summer. It's fun and important work - mentor a young person who gets a good summer job, and/or donate to the jobs programs. It can be very eye-opening.

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