Man arrested in Howard Oaks kidnapping case

alopez@macon.comNovember 27, 2013 

The U.S. Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested an 18-year-old man in connection to a burglary and kidnapping case that took place in the Howard Oaks subdivision last week.

Two men are accused of pointing their guns at a 29-year-old man named Samer Othman at his home, stealing items and forcing him into a car and into making a withdrawal at an ATM. The burglary and kidnapping took place Nov. 19.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for Brandon Deneal Howard after an ATM photograph was distributed and he was identified, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Howard was arrested Wednesday.

Howard is charged with kidnapping, burglary, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He also was wanted by the Macon Police Department in connection to an attempted armed robbery case that occurred in August, according to the sheriff’s office news release.

Investigators are still trying to identify and locate the second suspect.

The U.S. Regional Fugitive Task Force is made up of investigators from the Bibb Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Office, Georgia Department of Corrections, Macon Police Department, Georgia Pardon and Paroles and the Warner Robins Police Department.

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