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DNA Leads to Arrest of Alexander Charles Bennett for the 2000 Murder of a Dundalk Woman

DNA Leads to Arrest of a Colorado Man for the 2000 Murder of Dundalk Woman

A 32-year-old Colorado man has been arrested for the 2000 murder of a Dundalk woman.

Colorado law enforcement authorities, working with Baltimore County homicide detectives, yesterday served Alexander Charles Bennett, 32, of the 1500 block of 9th Avenue, Greeley, Co., with a warrant charging him with first-degree murder.

Baltimore County Police linked Bennett to the 12-year-old case through DNA evidence collected from the murder scene.

Awaiting Extradition

Bennett was arrested without incident and is being held in Colorado, awaiting extradition to Maryland.

The victim, Heidi Louise Bernadzikowski, 24, was killed April 20, 2000. Police found her, deceased, in the living room of the townhome she shared with her live-in boyfriend in the 2000 block of Codd Avenue in Precinct 12/North Point. She had been strangled and her neck had been cut.

Homicide detectives have been pursuing this case since 2000. In September 2011, police learned that DNA evidence retrieved from the scene matched a specimen from the FBI’s national database. That DNA evidence led police to Bennett.

The police investigation that followed discovery of the DNA match revealed that Bennett was in the Baltimore area at the time of the murder. On March 30, 2000, Maryland Transportation Authority Police found Bennett walking along the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway.

The investigation continues, as detectives pursue additional information about what connection, if any, Bennett had to the victim and people close to her. Police say they are not sure if Bennett acted alone.

 

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