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UPDATE: Person of interest turns self in, is released on bond

Lawton_Captain Will Hines from LPD has told 7News that the person of interest in last week's home invasion, Clifton Howard Jr., has turned himself in to Lawton Police.  He was held on a $5,000 bond and has been released.  Howard is scheduled for a court appearance in February.  Count on 7News to let you know more. 

One man is in jail and police are looking for another in connection with a home invasion that turned into an armed robbery.  Lawton Police say it happened in the 1800 block of D Avenue on November 28th when the men forced their way into the home, pulled a gun on a woman who was there, and stole clothing and electronics.

So far only one man has been arrested for the crime - James Demiles Smith.  And, police are trying to bring in the other man, Clifton Howard Jr. who they are calling a person of interest.  Police say they do not think this was a random crime and believe the robbers showed up looking for a man who lives in the home and instead found his sister.

Detectives say the woman was the only one home when the men knocked at the door.  After finding out her brother was not there, the woman says the men forced their way inside and pulled out a gun.  "They took her to the back room and made her stay in the back room while they took items they wanted from the house," says Captain Will Hines from LPD.

Detectives say the woman was not hurt, but very shaken up by the ordeal.  Her brother raced home to be by her side.  "I really have no idea why they would try to come and get me and do that to my sister," says the victim's brother. 

But, as frightened as she was, police say her ears may have picked up a big clue to the men's identities.  "While in the house these individuals were calling themselves by their street names," says Hines.  And with a little help from the gang task force they were led to James Demiles Smith.  "We have a database of certain individuals and what we do is if we get their street name we can match it to what their actual name is," he says.

Gang officers were able to find Smith and put him in jail.  But, the other person of interest, Clifton Howard Jr. has yet to be found.  "I think anyone who would break into a house and have a handgun would be considered dangerous, absolutely," says Hines. 

The victim's brother repeatedly told 7News that he does not know why these guys would do this.  But, he does admit he knows the man in jail.  "It's horrible she shouldn't have to go through nothing like this because we're peaceful people," he says.  

 

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