Ascension deputies: DNA, video leads detectives to arrest Gonzales man in burglary _lowres

David Holcombe, Jr.

A DNA analysis and home surveillance footage led Ascension Parish deputies to arrest a Gonzales man Tuesday in the burglary of a home in October.

Deputies responded to a report Oct. 19 that overnight someone had broken into a family’s garage and their three vehicles while they were asleep in the house on Bayou Narcisse Road near La. 431, an Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office news release says.

The family’s home surveillance video showed someone burglarizing the garage and then returning again the same night to take more of their belongings, including a bicycle, a tool kit, a set of computer speakers and $300 in quarters, the release said.

The Sheriff’s Office aired the footage on Crime Stoppers that month, and someone contacted detectives and said the man in the video might be 23-year-old David Holcombe Jr., according to the release. Deputies learned Holcombe had been placed on probation for five-years on a burglary charge.

When investigators questioned Holcombe, he denied burglarizing the house and was not arrested, but later DNA evidence submitted to the state crime lab for analysis identified Holcombe as the suspect.

Holcombe, 12386 Cleo Road, Gonzales, was booked into Ascension Parish Prison on two counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, criminal trespass, theft and probation violation.