UPDATE – Suspect in 2003 Sexual Assault Case Recognized and Arrested In Arkansas
The Arlington Police Division made an arrest in a sexual assault case from September 2003 that occurred within the 2300 block of Weyborn Drive. The division obtained a DNA pattern from the preliminary crime scene. This pattern was submitted for evaluation, nevertheless, no match was obtained on account of limitations in expertise on the time.
By means of developments in DNA forensic expertise, proof from the case was resubmitted to an accredited crime lab for additional evaluation. Investigators obtained data that DNA from the felony case was matched to circumstances involving an unknown suspect in different native sexual assaults being labored within the North Texas area.
In December 2020, the first Arlington detective assigned was contacted by the Plano Police Division. A detective in Plano offered data associated to a suspect concerned in a felony case of their jurisdiction that they recognized. An arrest warrant was issued by Plano Police Division and the suspect of their case was recognized as a 49-year-old Jeffery Wheat.
In January 2021, the suspect was situated in Crawford County, Arkansas and arrested. A search warrant was issued to acquire a pattern of Wheat’s DNA for direct comparability to different potential associated circumstances. In February 2021, the Arlington Police Division obtained a partial DNA report connecting Wheat because the suspect within the 2003 Arlington case. Wheat is presently being held within the Collin County Jail on one rely of Housebreaking of Habitation – Felony Aside from Theft.
“On behalf of the Arlington Police Division, I’m elated we are able to deliver closure to the sufferer on this case,” stated Chief of Police Al Jones. “We’ll by no means hand over hope to combat for victims irrespective of how lengthy it takes.”
Report # 2003-65697