James Howell left IN to avoid Child Molestation Charges

James Howell left IN to avoid Child Molestation Charges
James Howell left IN to avoid Child Molestation Charges

17 June, 2016

Santa Monica police said in a statement that the suspect arrested Sunday is 20-year-old James Wesley Howell of Jeffersonville, Indiana. He faces three felonies - possession of an assault weapon, possession of explosives on a public highway and possession of a high-capacity magazine - and a misdemeanor for possession of a loaded weapon.

The now infamous L.A. Pride crasher, James Howell, is in more hot water as TMZ is reporting that not only is he wanted for charges of criminal assault in IN, but he is under investigation for child molestation in that state.

It has come to the attention of Los Angeles law enforcement that Howell may have fled to California to escape a felony charge of child molestation.

Officers examining Howell's white Acura sedan with IN license plates recovered three assault rifles, high capacity magazines and ammunition along with a 5-gallon bucket with chemicals that could have been used to make an improvised explosive device, police said.

Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney said gun enthusiasts don't mix Shoc Shot until it's ready to be used, as federal regulations require, and the amount that Howell had 'far exceeds any amount that would reasonably be used'.

Howell appeared at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles Tuesday, where he pleaded not guilty. In October, he twice was accused of pulling a gun and making threats, once against his then-boyfriend and once against a neighbor.

Wendy Osborne, a spokeswoman for the FBI's office in Indianapolis, confirmed that agents from the in regional office had executed a search warrant at Howell's home Monday evening, but said the agents were executing it on behalf of the Los Angeles FBI office.

In the days following the incident, Howell started threatening to kill himself and members of the girl's family, according to court documents and her family. He says he intends to eventually have Howell extradited to Indiana.

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"Mr. Howell has not been charged federally at this time, however, the investigation is continuing", Eimiller said.

Prosecutor Jeremy Mull told the AP that Howell met the young girl through an adult friend and that a police detective interviewed him about the case on June 7.

James Wesley Howell was charged in Clark County on Wednesday.

A bail deviation filing obtained by The Times shows that along with the weapons and explosive chemicals in the auto, Howell had a black hood, a Taser, handcuffs, a Buck knife, a security badge and additional ammunition for the guns. Howell is now being held on a $2 million bond. Howell was found near his vehicle when officers responded to a report of a man knocking on a resident's door and window. That suggests he might face federal charges as well.

It's unclear whether Howell intended any violence at the LA Pride event, but the timing of the arrest — hours after the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida — put police and event organizers on heightened alert.

"He didn't like anybody to know about it", ex-boyfriend Zach Hambrick told The Indianapolis Star.

Howell was convicted in April of misdemeanor intimidation stemming from the incident involving his neighbor and was sentenced to a year of probation.

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