AAA  Dec. 13, 2014 3:37 PM ET
Police: DNA from beard leads to burglary arrest
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In this undated photo provided by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office in Oriskany, N.Y., 54-year-old Leon Tennant is shown. Tennant was charged with first-degree burglary for allegedly confronting a woman with a knife after breaking into her Vienna, N.Y. home on Dec. 20, 2013. Police said the woman grabbed the man’s beard and caused some hair to be pulled out as he fled. DNA tests on the hair sample led police to Tennant. (AP Photo/Oneida County Sheriff’s Office)

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(AP) — Police say a suspect was caught by a whisker when DNA from his beard hair led to his arrest.

Sheriff's deputies in upstate New York say an intruder armed with a knife had confronted a woman in her home in Vienna last December but the woman grabbed his beard before he fled.

A hair sample was sent for DNA testing. Oneida County deputies say it was linked to 54-year-old Leon Tennant in October.

Last week, Tennant was released from jail in another county on an unrelated offense then transported to Vienna for arraignment on a first-degree burglary charge.

Deputies said Saturday they're asking anyone who knows more about Tennant to contact them.

Tennant is being held without bail. No information on an attorney for him was available.

Associated Press
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