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CENTERVILLE — Police in Centerville arrested a juvenile Wednesday in connection with an attack that took place at a church last November.

Police say that a 17-year-old boy was arrested and booked into the Farmington Bay Youth Center on one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, according to a press release from the Centerville Police Department.

The attack took place at a church for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 270 N. 300 East in Centerville on Nov. 17, 2018.

A 71-year-old woman was playing the organ inside the locked church when she was attacked from behind and was “strangulated into unconsciousness multiple times,” according to the release.

Police later found that the assailant got into the building by breaking a window and climbing through. Detectives were able to collect DNA evidence at the scene and later found a person of interest in the case. They later collected “discarded objects” from the person of interest and found the person’s DNA on the objects, according to the release.

Authorities sent the items to the state crime lab for processing, and later discovered that the DNA evidence found at the church matched that from the person of interest.

The 17-year-old, whose name was not included in the press release because he is a minor, lives in Centerville and was arrested in Kaysville.

The teenage suspect and the victim had no known relationship at the time of the attack, according to the press release.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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