Police: DNA leads to arrest of armed robber

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - Authorities in northern Idaho say DNA on a cigarette butt and a ski mask found along the escape route links an Orofino man to an armed robbery at an Orofino motel.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that 47-year-old Christopher J. Jennings on Friday was charged in Clearwater County Magistrate Court with eight felonies.

Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson says officers on Dec. 21 followed tracks in the snow starting at the back door of the motel and found the mask.

Police say the tracks led to where Jennings had parked his car, and stuck in the snow and ice was a cigarette butt.

Police say that during the robbery Jennings threatened multiple times to shoot the motel's night shift employee, putting a gun to her head, forehead and chin.


Information from: Lewiston Tribune