Montgomery County Police probing death inside Bethesda clothing shop

Update Tuesday 1:25 p.m.: Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said that Maryland strengthened its law regarding DNA collection in January 2009.


To celebrate her 30th birthday, Jayna Murray took a bungee jump. (Photo: Youtube)

Currently, when someone is arrested for burglary or a violent crime, police take a swab of their DNA from their cheek. The sample is taken at the same time the suspect is fingerprinted.

Authorities then load the information into CODIS – a DNA database – and look for “hits,” or DNA matches with other samples in the database.

McCarthy said that, in general, police can use forensic evidence to make a DNA profile in 3-5 days.

The bulk of DNA collection and analysis, however, could take weeks or even months.

Original: As the community continues to reel from Friday night’s murder and assault of two employees at the lululemon athletica store in Bethesda, police Monday afternoon held a brief press conference to provide more details about the slaying.

Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger on Monday afternoon said robbery may be a possible motive for the attacks.

“This was a random crime of opportunity,” he said. The attack claimed the life of Jayna Murray, 30. Murray was pursuing an MBA degree from Johns Hopkins, and went bungee jumping to celebrate her 30th birthday, ABC7 reports.

Police say the other victim, a 27-year-old woman, who was bound, beaten and sexually assaulted at the lululemon athletica shop, is expected to be released from the hospital sometime Monday.

Authorities said both women were sexually assaulted.

A $136,000 reward is now being offered for information about the incident. The attack inside the lululemon shop occurred Friday night when two masked men in gloves entered after the store closed, police said.

The women were found toward the back of the store Saturday morning before it was scheduled to open. On Monday, the family of Murray released a statement asking for privacy.

"The family of Jayna Murray greatly appreciates the many expressions of concern from the community. They currently wish to privately grieve their tremendous loss and are asking for the media’s cooperation in respecting their privacy during this traumatic time."

The attacks sent an outpouring of condolences for the victims from the community. At least one business was considering changing its security policies.

Kristie Donohue, store manager of J. McLaughlin, a clothing store across the street from lululemon, says she is looking into the option of getting panic bracelets for her employees, and will no longer allow anyone to work alone in the store. Donohue says her store has a panic button.

Christine Day, CEO of lululemon athletica, Inc., issued the following statement:

“We are devastated by the tragic events at our Bethesda store. We are focused on providing support to those that are most immediately impacted by this tragedy, and we know that you all feel the loss as well. Thanks to all of you for your outreach to support the stores and the people impacted. It is the outpouring of love and concern that will get us through these tragic circumstances.”