Police: DNA leads to arrest in 2009 Wallingford home invasion
WALLINGFORD — A man previously convicted on home invasion-related offenses in other parts of the state will now face home invasion and robbery charges for his alleged role in a 2009 incident, police said on Monday.
Victor Miguel Siguenzia Lozano, also known as Miguel Lozano Altamiran, was charged with home invasion, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree larceny and first-degree unlawful restraint. Police say he was also charged with conspiracy to commit each of the offenses as well.
These charges stemmed from an incident nearly 11 years ago.
Wallingford police investigated a home invasion and robbery at a Saddlebrook Drive home on Oct. 9, 2009, according to Lt. Michael Colavolpe, commander of the Detective Division.
During the home invasion, an 18-year-old man was attacked and restrained by four intruders. Colavolpe said the intruders were in the home for about 20 minutes and took a large amount of money, as well as jewelry and electronics.
Detectives sent forensic evidence from the crime scene to the state laboratory for analysis.
Four years later, in October 2013, one of the alleged four suspects was identified through DNA evidence as Lozano, Colavolpe said. Wallingford police applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for Lozano.
Colavolpe said Monday that the three other alleged suspects have not yet been identified.
Detectives learned Lozano had been arrested in 2010 by Branford and Wethersfield police for similar incidents as the Wallingford home invasion, Colavolpe said. He was convicted of those incidents and sentenced to jail time.
Lozano was released to the Immigration and Naturalization Service in April 2013 and was deported to Ecuador, Colavolpe said.
Then, earlier this month, Wallingford police heard from the U.S. Marshal Service that marshals had taken Lozano, now 46, into custody in Texas. He was held at the Harris County Detention Center in Houston, Tx., for extradition back to Connecticut.
Wallingford detectives went to Texas and took Lozano into custody. He was brought back to Connecticut to face charges from the 2009 incident.
Lozano remains in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Corrections on a $250,000 bond. He is expected in court on Oct. 6.