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Springfield Twp. man charged in accused kidnapping and shooting

Joshua Howard (Photo provided) Joshua Howard (Photo provided)

A Springfield Township man appeared in court after being on the run since November when he allegedly attacked and kidnapped a woman.

Joshua Howard, 26, was charged with two counts of felonious assault, one count of kidnapping and one count aggravated robbery. His bond was set at $550,000. 

Officials say they responded to the 1200 block of Clay Street for a report of a carjacking on Nov. 29.  When officers arrived, they learned that the woman was abducted during the incident. 

According to the affidavit, Howard pointed a gun at a car carrying 27-year-old Natasha Compton and her friends, ordering them to open the door. Compton's friends took off running and told police they heard two gunshots from the scene.

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Howard shot Compton in both of her legs, then allegedly beat and bit her while he kidnapped her, according to the affidavit.

Officials say that the attack wasn't random.

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