Torrance police

DNA Links Man to 2017 Home Invasion Robbery in Torrance

A man was in custody Thursday for allegedly committing a home-invasion robbery in Torrance in 2017, police said.

Kevin James Edwards, 27, was arrested in Norwalk Oct. 15 and booked on suspicion of robbery, residential burglary and "assault likely to produce great bodily injury,'' said Torrance police Sgt. Alexander Martinez.

Edwards was being held on $1 million bail.

The crime occurred on July 1, 2017, in the 2000 block of 169th Place, Martinez said.

"The elderly victim was in her home preparing lunch when the suspect broke in,'' Martinez said. "Once inside, the suspect demanded her purse. In fear for her safety, the victim attempted to run out of the home. The suspect prevented the victim from running out, forced her to the ground, and fled the house with the victim's purse.''

Detectives conducted an investigation that included the use of DNA to lead them to identify Edwards as the suspect in the crime, Martinez said.

Charges were filed against Edwards Oct. 17 by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, Martinez said.

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