Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

U.S. Marshals Need the Public’s Assistance Locating Violent Fugitive

Fugitive Wanted From New York Possibly Hiding Out in West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach, FL - U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. is requesting the public’s help in locating a violent fugitive who is wanted from Syracuse, New York and is believed to be hiding out in the Lake Worth and downtown West Palm Beach area. Joseph Howell, 30, is wanted for violating his parole in New York. Howell also has an outstanding arrest warrant from the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office in New York for one count of 2nd degree Assault, and one count of 3rd degree Assault.

On September 6, 2014, Howell attacked two persons in the Village of Candor, NY. Howell is alleged to have attacked the first victim and struck him with his fists. Howell allegedly struck the second victim in the face with a shovel. The victim suffered a fractured bone in his head.

Howell fled the New York area and is believed to be frequenting the area of downtown West Palm Beach and the Lake Worth/Forest Hill Blvd area. Howell might be driving a red Ford Ranger pickup. Howell usually finds work in the construction industry and has worked as a handyman at times. There have been numerous sightings of Howell in the West Palm Beach area.

Howell is extremely violent and has been convicted on charges of narcotics, burglary, assault and forgery. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joseph Howell is asked to please contact the Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-458-TIPS (8477) or the U.S. Marshals office in West Palm Beach at (561) 655-1827. You can remain anonymous.

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