- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - DNA could be the key to finally apprehending a suspect who has threatened a Carson City judge for past three years, including firing bullets and lighting things on fire.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office issued a DNA arrest warrant late last week, extending the statute of limitations on a shooting incident at the home of Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

The warrant provides a DNA marker from an envelope sent to Tatro but no name of a possible suspect. The suspect’s name on the warrant and criminal complaint are simply John Doe. It’s a rarity in criminal cases.

“It’s a first in that we are so close because we know who he is, we just don’t have a name,” Sheriff Ken Furlong said.

Carson City District Attorney Jason Woodbury said nobody in other offices in the area can recall a DNA warrant ever being issued.

“I researched the issue exhaustively,” Woodbury said. “We are on solid legal ground.”

Investigators have exhausted all other options in trying to identify a perpetrator, Furlong said Friday.

The warrant allows for the suspect DNA to be entered into the FBI’s national DNA index, the Nevada Appeal reported (http://bit.ly/1QSJMnd). If the suspect gets arrested elsewhere, Carson City authorities and the Carson City District Attorney’s Office will be notified.

Authorities say someone fired two shots through Tatro’s front door on Dec. 11, 2012. Two bullets passed through the living room to a sliding glass door, with one bullet hitting a back fence. Tatro and his wife were unharmed.

In December 2014, Tatro received a Christmas card with the words “YOU WILL DIE” in big block letters.

Most recently, someone left the partially burned remains of an incendiary device near the garage on May 13. It fizzled before causing any damage. Images from nearby surveillance equipment helped detectives with a description of the male suspect. They think he drives a gold Mercedes-Benz sedan from the years 1980 to 1990. They also believe he is white, between the ages of 35 and 60 and from the northern Nevada area.

Investigators are unsure if the incidents are related to any of Tatro’s cases.

“We don’t know his motive and it’s frustrating because without a motive it could be anything, but there is a deep anger,” Furlong said. “Shooting a gun is an intense anger and he has a rage that he hasn’t been able to let go.”

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Information from: Nevada Appeal, http://www.nevadaappeal.com

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