NewsLocal News


Cold Case Solved: DNA helps nab home intruder

Here are all the Child Victims Act claims filed against the Boy Scouts of America in WNY
Posted at 2:35 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 14:35:52-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man convicted in a cold case attempted burglary will spend the next two years in prison followed by 1 ½ years of post-release supervision.

According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, Jose Mendoza admitted that on July 17, 2017, he tried to burglarize a home on Gardenvale Drive in the Town of Cheektowaga. While breaking a window, the 51-year-old man cut his hand and bled inside the house. The homeowner reported that two televisions were stolen during the break-in.

DNA provided by the blood was submitted to the state DNA databank. The defendant was identified after he was required to submit a sample due to a misdemeanor conviction from February 2018.

Mendoza pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class “D” violent felony last May.