Oroville Mercury-Register

Man suspected of forcing his way onto property, threatenin­g to kill family member

- Staff reports

CHICO » A man who police say announced his intent to murder a member of his family allegedly forced his way into a residence on the 700 block of East Lassen Avenue Tuesday night.

The Chico Police Department received a call that an intruder was at a home at 11:14 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the department. The man, who police say they identified as Lawrence Howes, allegedly forced his way into a woman's residence and knocked her down. Police say he threatened to kill a man who did not live at that home.

Police located Howes, 57, outside of the victim's residence. He was allegedly armed with a pellet pistol, knife and a box cutter. Officers say they learned through an investigat­ion that Howes went to a second residence with the pellet pistol. He allegedly confessed to officers that he was searching for a member of his family so he could kill them.

Officers arrested Howes on suspicion of burglary, elder abuse and possession of a dirk or dagger.

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