July 09, 2010

James Howard - Jailed After Raping 74-Year-Old Woman, Leaving Trail Of Loose Change For Detectives To Follow

Widener, Arkansas (The Weekly Vice) - James Howard, a 48-year-old Marianna ex-convict, was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly robbed, beat, and then raped a 74-year-old deaf woman.

According to St. Francis County Sheriff's Department, the victim was at home when Howard broke into her house, brutally beat her, raped her and then left with several of her possessions.

Officers say they followed a trail of loose change from the victim's home to the house next door which belonged to Howard's girlfriend. Inside, investigators found items stolen from the victim's home.

St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May stated that Howard has a long rap sheet and has only been out of prison for 5-6 months.

The victim was flown to MED hospital where she was listed in serious condition but she is improving. It has been reported that she is starting to recognize friends and family members.

Howard was booked into the St. Francis County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery, home invasion, rape, and attempted murder.

Lacy Black
The Weekly Vice

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