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Kroger shooting suspect, out on bond, found with AR-15, drugs: court docs

Kroger shooting suspect, out on bond, found with AR-15, drugs: court docs
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 6:58 AM EDT|Updated: May. 31, 2022 at 11:58 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A Kroger employee charged with attempted murder in a shooting outside the Hyde Park store who was released from jail on a reduced bond is under arrest again - this time on new charges involving an AR-15 style rifle and drugs, court records show.

Kevion Howze, 23, was found at his Evanston residence Tuesday with the AR-15, a Beretta 92FS semi-automatic pistol and enough marijuana and fentanyl to sell, along with related drug processing equipment, Cincinnati District 2 police officers wrote in criminal complaints filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Cincinnati police say the District Violent Crimes Squad recovered these items and arrested...
Cincinnati police say the District Violent Crimes Squad recovered these items and arrested Kevion Howze for multiple charges including trafficking in drugs and weapons under disability.(Cincinnati Police Department)

Houze was booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center by 10 p.m. Tuesday on one count of having weapons under disability, two counts of drug trafficking and one count of drug possession.

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Tyrone Yates set his bond Wednesday at $80,000 at 10%.

“This violent offender was released from jail because the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled courts cannot consider public safety when setting monetary bail,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a statement early Wednesday.

Wednesday afternoon, Ohio lawmakers passed joint resolutions to place the constitutional amendment on November’s ballot requiring judges to consider public safety setting monetary bail.

Houze was indicted last month on charges of attempted murder, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and felonious assault in connection with the March 25 shooting outside the Hyde Park Kroger store, court records show.

Houze began arguing with another person inside the store while he was on the job, court records show. He followed the victim, got a gun from his vehicle and then chased the victim through the parking lot, firing at least four shots.

The victim was hit in the back.

Kevion Howze was arrested on April 4 in connection with a shooting that took place in the Hyde...
Kevion Howze was arrested on April 4 in connection with a shooting that took place in the Hyde Park Kroger parking lot.(Hamilton County Justice Center)

Court records say Howze left the parking lot in his vehicle and was later identified by Kroger management and witnesses as the suspect.

“I know I sound like a broken record, but everyone needs to wake up. Senseless gun violence is happening in every neighborhood across this county,” Deters has said. “It shouldn’t only grab headlines because it happened in Hyde Park.

“It is a miracle that no one was seriously injured. People should be outraged at what is currently going on. No one should fear getting shot while they are simply trying to shop at their local Kroger.”

Howze’s bond was originally set at $500,000.

He filed a motion seeking a lower amount, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Melba Marsh reduced it to $100,000 and Houze was released shortly after, according to the Hamilton County Clerk of Court.

He was arrested on the new charges Tuesday after officers in the court’s electronic monitoring unit (EMU) conducted a home visit, his criminal complaint shows.

Houze is prohibited from having guns because he is under criminal indictment for a violent offense, police wrote in the court documents.

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