Prowler suspect arrested

Relief has come to one San Luis Obispo neighborhood as police catch a prowler who is suspected of menacing the area of South and King streets over the last few weeks.

Leroy Howell

San Luis Police officers responded to a prowler call from a resident on Branch Street around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning According to SLOPD, the caller reported a prowler at their residence looking through a bedroom window. The caller told police he followed the suspect for a short time on foot while on the phone with police dispatchers. Police say the caller was able to give dispatchers a thorough suspect description and location updates.

San Luis Obispo Police Officers along with a San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s deputies and a Cal Poly Police officer responded to search the area. According to SLOPD, while searching the area responding officers located Leroy Howell, 22, of San Luis Obispo who was positively identified as the prowler by the residents. Police say additional evidence was gathered during the arrest of Howell that suggests he was possibly the suspect of other recent prowler reports in this neighborhood.

Howell was transported to the San Luis Obispo Police Department where he was interview by the detective handling the additional prowler cases.  During the interview Howell admitted to a total of four prowler cases that were being investigated by the San Luis Obispo Police Department.  All four incidents occurred in the area of South and King streets.

Howell was arrested for four counts of prowling and booked into county jail.  Bail was set at $8,000.

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Prowler suspect arrested was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by admin
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