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DNA evidence, community tips help CPD solve multiple outstanding cases

David Herrera Jr., 22, of Cheyenne, was arrested for an aggravated robbery that occurred in October 2020 and for a vehicle burglary that occurred in Dec. 2022.

David Herrera Jr. Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Police Department.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — On Tuesday, Feb. 28 at approximately 11:40 a.m., Cheyenne Police detectives were involved in a warrant service at the Big Horn Motel, located at 2004 E. Lincolnway.

Per the CPD’s report, the suspect, David Herrera Jr., 22, of Cheyenne was arrested for an aggravated robbery that occurred in October 2020 and for a vehicle burglary that occurred in December 2022.

The department said DNA evidence obtained during both investigations and tips from the community led to Herrera’s arrest.

Background and timeline of events:

  • Aggravated Robbery:
    • In October 2020, an aggravated robbery occurred at the Loaf ‘N Jug located at 3920 E. 12th St. Security camera footage showed a male entering the store and brandishing a knife while demanding money from the register. DNA evidence was collected on scene and submitted for testing.
  • Vehicle Burglary:
    • In December 2022, a vehicle burglary occurred at a residence on the 1500 block of East 22nd Street. A suspect entered the vehicle and stole items from inside. DNA evidence was collected and submitted for testing.

On Feb. 2, 2023, officers received results from the Wyoming State Crime Lab. It was determined that both DNA samples belonged to David Herrera Jr.

Several days later, on Feb. 9, a vehicle burglary occurred at the Redwood Lounge, located at 2105 E. Lincolnway.

Security camera footage showed a male subject throwing a hatchet through the window of a parked vehicle and stealing a purse left in the front seat. DNA was collected on scene and submitted for testing.

The camera footage was also shared on the CPD’s social media page.

Shortly after the vehicle burglary, tips from community members assisted with identifying Herrera as the suspect.

Detectives also received notification that the DNA sample matched the prior aggravated robbery and vehicle burglary cases.


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