York home invasion victim charged with attempted murder

Posted May 16, 2014 12:53 pm | Filed under Crime and Courts, Local News

One of the victims of an early morning home invasion in York’s Forest Brook Apartments is now behind bars facing an attempted murder charge while a city police officer recovers from wounds sustained responding to the incident.

Around 5:30 a.m. Friday, police Chief Andy Robinson said officers were called to the apartment complex near West Liberty Street for a report of a robbery in progress.

As officers arrived, Robinson said an officer attempted to stop a car leaving the complex with no headlights. In the process of stopping the car, the driver struck his patrol car, pinning the officer’s leg between his car door and the vehicle fleeing the scene.

Robinson said the officer fired at the car as it continued out of the apartment complex.

Rodney Howell, 30, was later apprehended near California and Congress Streets and identified was identified as one of the victims in the home invasion An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Howell was one of the suspects in the home invasion.

Robinson said the woman who initially reported the robbery said three men “jumped” her as she was walking to her car to warm it up before work. The victim said the men beat her and Howell inside the apartment, demanding money and drugs. At one point, Robinson said, someone jumped out of a second story window and fired a gun towards a nearby apartment.

The search for the three other suspects is ongoing.

Robinson said additional charges against Howell are still pending. The officer injured in the incident was treated and released.