DNA Reveals the Identity of a Murderous Monster
LAPD have arrested a man accused of raping and killing two young women in 2011 after running DNA tests on his spit that the investigators gathered from a Los Angeles sidewalk.
A DNA test tied Geovanni Borjas, 32, to the killings of 17-year-old Michelle Lozano and 22-year-old Bree’Anna Guzman. Authorities say both bodies were found in 2011, dumped along a freeway in Lincoln Heights.
It took some time before the investigators positively linked the two killings. The investigators used a controversial technique known as familial DNA testing because the attacker’s DNA had not been found in existing state or national criminal databases.
Borjas was followed by investigators, and during the pursuit, he spit on the sidewalk. That spit was collected and tested. The DNA matched evidence linked to both killings, the Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said. Geovanni Borjas was arrested on May 25 at his home in Torrance.
Borjas was charged Tuesday with two counts each of murder and forcible rape, and one count of kidnapping and was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.
LAPD credited the familial DNA testing which gave detectives the break they needed to finally solve the case. The technique has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, but law enforcement officials have argued the testing can provide investigators with valuable leads. Some states do not allow familial tests, and such analysis is controversial in California.
“If we stop collection of DNA at time of arrest, if we stop allowing familial searches, then men like this go free,” Beck said.
Geovanni Borjas next court date is June 22. If convicted as charged, he will face life in prison without parole or the death penalty. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.