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Yaazziel Rivera of Amherst, awaiting trial for allegedly beating, robbing a 62-year-old woman, linked to earlier crime through blood evidence

Yaazziel Rivera, 19, of 149 Sunderland Road, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony breaking and entering in the daytime, and larceny from a building in Hampshire Superior Court.

According to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, those charges stem from a break-in and larceny from a home on Bancroft Road between August 4 and 6, 2011 while the residents were away.

Rivera apparently cut his hand during the alleged crime and blood evidence was collected and matched to Rivera’s DNA profile.

Rivera submitted a DNA sample after being arrested and arraigned for an August 10, 2011 break-in on North Street, Northampton during which he allegedly broke in by removing an air conditioner from a window, beat the occupant unconscious when she awoke and left with cash and jewelry.

DNA sample

Rivera also submitted a DNA sample after being convicted of felony breaking and entering in Greenfield District Court in May, according to the DA’s office.

Rivera, represented by Alfred Chamberland, of Easthampton, faces charges of unarmed burglary with assault upon an occupant, unarmed robbery of a person over 60, assault and battery of a person over 60, and threatening to commit a crime in the August 10 break-in.

In the Bancroft Street break-in, Rivera is accused of removing a window screen, smashing the window with a rock, entering the home, ransacking part of it, and stealing some electronics.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney, Michael Russo, filed a motion to have both cases joined together. Judge Richard Carey did not make a decision on that motion Friday.

Rivera is scheduled to go on trial sometime in October, but no firm date has been set.

Bail was set for Rivera on the new charges at $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety.

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