DNA evidence leads to attempted murder suspect in Willows

Apr 25, 2014 11:50 AM

A Willows man was arrested Thursday for an alleged attempted murder that occurred in November 2013.

On November 26, 2013, 55-year-old John Joseph Arano was stabbed multiple times at his home 414 North Colusa St. just after 11 a.m. Arano’s niece found him in a pool of his blood own inside the entrance to his bedroom. He was transported to Glenn Medical Center and eventually airlifted to Enloe Medical Center where he underwent multiple surgeries.

During the investigation the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office identified a person of interest and evidence from the crime scene was sent to the California Department of Justice State Crime Lab for analysis.

DNA evidence came back and the suspect was identified as 26-year-old Donald Andrew Hagerty.

Hagerty was located by Glenn County Sheriff’s Detectives and interviewed yesterday. When confronted with the DNA evidence, Hagerty is alleged to have admitted to entering the home of Arano on the morning of November 26, 2013 and stabbing him.

Hagerty was booked into the Glenn County Jail in Willows for investigation of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm which was likely to cause great bodily injury, and burglary. He is also on felony probation for a previous conviction of possession of stolen property.


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