SANTA ANA (CBS) — Police have arrested a transient on parole on suspicion of committing a hate crime in Orange County last October.

According to authorities, DNA evidence allegedly linked 45-year-old Marten Joseph Brandel to the crime in which a black hangman’s noose was left on the door of Equality California, a gay right’s organization in Santa Ana.

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Brandel is on parole for assaulting a police officer, as well as drug and property crimes.

Detectives found no witnesses to the crime, but say the noose contained the evidence they needed.

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“They took the noose apart and collected DNA evidence. That DNA evidence was sent to the Orange County Sheriff’s lab and returned with a hit on a parolee, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna with the Santa Ana Police Department said.

Police say Brandel made incriminating statements during questioning, but didn’t offer a motive.

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Detectives are still looking for possible ties between the suspect and the gay rights group.