13 years ago
Debbie Edwards

David Patrick Woodard, charged in fall 2003 with burglary and attempted sexual assault in Waterview Apartments, has been charged in a two-year-old kidnapping case in Plano.

According to a Dec. 11 article from NBC5i news, DNA evidence is being used to charge Woodard with the aggravated kidnapping of a 12-year-old girl in August 2001. While the girl was released unharmed moments after the incident occurred, Officer Carl Duke of the Plano Police Department said enough DNA evidence was left on her clothes for a positive identification.

“Any time you come into contact with an item…there’s a trace amount of DNA,” Duke said.

In August 2003, the apartments of two female UTD students were allegedly broken into by a white, college-aged male with dark hair. The intruder reportedly restrained the students. Both women managed to break free and the perpetrator fled.

One month later, UTD police issued warrants for Woodard who had been arrested by Lewisville police on similar charges in Denton County. While he has been indicted on one of the Denton charges, no indictments have been handed down in the UTD cases.

UTD Police Investigator Steve Finney said the positive identification of Woodard in the kidnapping case was most likely because of his detention in Denton when his DNA would have been entered into a searchable database.