[UPDATED] Santos Basilio O'Dell Surrendered DNA After Hitting Wife, Now He's Wanted in Rape, Kidnap Cold Case

UPDATE, FEB. 15, 2:03 P.M.:


Santos Basilio O'Dell

waived extradition in Santa Ana and is expected to be transported to Arizona to face charges of raping a teenage girl there in 2004.

Authorities in Chandler, Arizona, say a DNA sample taken from O'Dell in Orange County links him to the case that will have him answering to charges of rape, robbery and kidnapping.

Salvador Hernandez has the latest scoop in The Orange County Register.

Defrosting a cold case.

As part of his punishment for violating a protective order that prevented contact with his then-wife last year, Santos Basilio O'Dell had to provide a sample of his DNA to Orange County authorities. Sucks to be him: The sample lit up the national DNA database, which indicated his hair or juice or whatever the hell they used matched that of the suspect in an unsolved 2004 rape, robbery and kidnapping.

Currently being held without bail, O'Dell is scheduled to attend an extradition hearing in Santa Ana this morning that could send him back to Chandler, Ariz., to face the music.

The Orange County district attorney's office breaks down the case:

February 9, 2011

* Defendant's DNA collected as part of OCDA Public Safety Crime Prevention and Deterrence DNA program

SANTA ANA - An Orange County man will appear in Orange County Superior Court tomorrow for an extradition hearing for a 2004 rape, kidnapping and robbery cold case in Arizona after being linked through DNA taken as part of the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) DNA program. Santos Basilio O'Dell, 32, was arrested Feb. 2, 2011, by the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) on an Arizona warrant for a 2004 crime that occurred in Chandler, AZ. O'Dell is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court for an extradition hearing tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

On Sept. 12, 2009, O'Dell violated a protective order in Orange County by contacting his then-wife through text messages and harassing phone calls while going through divorce proceedings. He was charged by the OCDA March 5, 2010, and pleaded guilty April 7, 2010, to one misdemeanor count of violation of a protective order. O'Dell was sentenced to three years of informal probation, a 1-year Batterer's Treatment Program, and 10 days of community service.

As part of the plea agreement and the OCDA Public Safety Crime Prevention and Deterrence DNA program, the defendant was required to provide a DNA sample. O'Dell's DNA was submitted to the national DNA database, Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

After the submission, the Chandler Police Department (CPD) in Arizona received a CODIS DNA hit Sept. 1, 2010, linking O'Dell to an unsolved rape, kidnapping, and robbery case. A Chandler police detective contacted the OCDA and NBPD for assistance on locating O'Dell, who was living as a transient in Orange County. Once an arrest warrant was issued in Arizona, the defendant was arrested by Newport Beach police officers with assistance from the OCDA and CPD.


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