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DNA Links Suspect to 6-Year-Old Assault Cases

Jason Handy of Blackwood pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to assaulting two women at knifepoint in 2006. DNA tested years later linked him to the crimes.

A Blackwood man who terrorized and assaulted two female cab drivers in 2006 pleaded guilty to the crimes in court Wednesday.

Jason Handy, 33, of the first block of Willow Cedar Way, entered guilty pleas for charges of kidnapping and carjacking. He will be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Samuel Natal on Nov. 30, according to a press release from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

Handy assaulted the first cab driver in Gloucester Township at knifepoint on March 28, 2006. He bound and gagged her before stuffing her in the trunk of her cab and driving to Camden, where he abandoned the car with the woman still inside.

On May 1, 2006, Handy mounted a similar attack against a woman in Lindenwold. That victim escaped as Handy tried to put her in the trunk. Both women freed themselves and reported the attacks to police.

Handy went free for three years before DNA evidence pegged him to the assaults. He had to submit DNA in conjunction with a conviction in 2009, and that sample matched evidence collected from the 2006 assaults.

Judge Natal and Handy have a history: According to state records, Natal previously sentenced Handy to four years in prison for robbery and one year for unlawful taking in July 2009. Handy was released in October 2011.

Valerie Parkhurst November 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM
The public needs to seriously ask themselves why it takes years and years of cases going "cold" then miraculously they have a DNA match? DNA should be taken on all felony arrest and run in real time before the arrestee ever makes bail and or is released . I am starting to wonder WHY LE doesnt do this (job security). We have bought and paid for the technology a thousand times over. How many Freaks have to revolve thru the "system" until these genius's finally put two and two together? How many victims does one guy have to have until the Justice system says to themselves, ya know this guy really shouldnt be on the street? The public should ask themselves, "if my loved one was a victim of some guy whose DNA was sitting on a shelf somewhere but no one put two and two together in "real time" how would I feel??


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