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Man charged with burglarizing home with child inside

Published: Friday, Sept. 28 2012 6:42 p.m. MDT

SANDY — A blue and white bandana helped police find a man accused of burglarizing a home with an 11-year-old girl inside.

Daniel Sloan Bonito, 26, was charged in 3rd District Court Friday with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, for the May 11 incident.

An 11-year-old Sandy girl was home alone after school when she noticed her back door open and Bonito standing in the kitchen with a gun, the charges state. The girl reached for her phone and said the man pushed the gun into her chest and told her not to call police. The girl then ran to the neighbor's house.

She described the burglar as a dark skinned and thin with long hair that he wore in a braid. She also noticed a blue and white bandana hanging out of his pocket. Police found the bandana outside the house.

Investigators were able to identify Bonito using DNA left on that bandana with the help of the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services, the charges state. 

Bonito was also charged with the purchase of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony. Prosecutors say he is a restricted person because of a 2005 conviction of attempted forcible sexual abuse.

Bonito is being held at the Utah State Prison on other charges.

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