‘Person of interest’ in Catawba County home invasion located

‘Person of interest’ in Catawba County home invasion located
A “person of interest” being sought in connection with a Catawba County home break-in has been located, according to the sheriff’s office. (Source: Catawba County Sheriff's Office)

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A “person of interest” being sought in connection with a Catawba County home break-in has been located, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies say a woman was at her mailbox Friday morning when a man approached her, demanded money and forced her to go back into her home. The man followed the woman in and ran off after taking a small amount of money, deputies say.

It happened just before 8:30 a.m. at a home on Deal Road in the Oxford Community.

Authorities were informed that a person matching the description of the robber was spotted at the Lake Lookout Market on Oxfired School Road just minutes after the home invasion. The person captured on surveillance was identified by deputies as 50-year-old Bryan Keith Howell.

“Howell is known to be a Catawba County resident but is not believed to have an established residence,” deputies said. They asked for the public’s help locating him.

At 3:45 p.m. Friday, officials said in a release that Howell had been located and was cooperating with investigators. No charges had been filed at the time of the release.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call investigators at 828-464-5241.

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