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Tampa home invasion suspect arrested

TAMPA — Police have captured a man they say broke into a woman's house, tied her up and ransacked the home last week.

Alvin Howard, 36 of St. Petersburg, was arrested Friday on charges of armed kidnapping, armed robbery, armed burglary and aggravated assault. There may be additional charges, authorities said.

On Feb. 14, an armed Howard followed the victim into her S MacDill Avenue home, police said. He tied her up as he took items for about 45 minutes.

The victim, whose name has not been released, freed herself after he left and went to a neighbor's house to call 911.

Authorities said blood found at the scene provided DNA that was matched to Howard, who has a criminal past. Detectives said they found the victim's television set when they arrested Howard at his house.

Records show that Howard has served two stints in state prison. Most recently, records show, he served 10 years between 2003 and 2013 for convictions of robbery with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of a gun and cocaine possession.

Tampa home invasion suspect arrested 02/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 5:36pm]
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