Dedrick Howard, 27, had been wanted in connection with a shooting in Alexandria, Louisiana, that took place in 2016. He last had been seen in July 2017.
LYNN HAVEN — Bay County Sheriff’s Office deputies who tracked down and arrested a man in Lynn Haven wanted for three counts of attempted murder in Louisiana also arrested a local woman Wednesday on charges of helping him hide and a bevy of other offenses.
Dedrick Howard, 27, and Janesha Lashawn Pennywell, 24, were arrested Wednesday without incident, according to the sheriff’s office, which reported that an anonymous tip helped them locate Howard, which then led to search warrants for Pennywell’s property and the seizure of heroin, thousands in cash, prescription narcotics and marijuana.
Howard will be extradited to Louisiana to face three counts of attempted first-degree murder while Pennywell will face local charges of accessory after the fact to a capital felony and numerous narcotics charges, BCSO reported.
Howard had been wanted in connection with a shooting in Alexandria, Louisiana, that took place in 2016. Authorities last saw him in July 2017, until his whereabouts in Bay County came to light in February via an anonymous tip reported to Crimestoppers, BCSO reported.
“After receiving the tip, investigators with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division and the United States Marshal Service began attempting to locate Mr. Howard,” officials reported. About 7 a.m. Wednesday, "Howard was located and arrested without incident at a local motel in the Lynn Haven area.”
Pennywell was with Howard at the time and initially was charged only with being an accessory because she was allegedly providing aid to Howard while he was a fugitive from justice and assisting him in avoiding capture by law enforcement, BCSO reported.
However, in Pennywell’s purse, officers reported finding 3.7 grams of heroin, 10 oxycodone pills, seven xanax pills, 6 grams of marijuana, 3.8 grams of marijuana resin and $3,000 in cash. Officers obtained a warrant and searched her vehicle, a green Xterra, which was in the parking lot of the motel. During the search of the vehicle, officers reported finding an additional 11 grams of heroin, one gram of crack cocaine and 10 ecstasy (MDMA) pills.
Officials estimated the street value of the narcotics at more than $9,000.