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Reports of shooting vandalism in Oroville followed by arrest

Reports of a man pointing a gun at people in an Oroville park results in arrest.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 2:46 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Wednesday evening a man was arrested by members of the Oroville Police Department in the area of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on B Street in Oroville on several charges including possession of a short-barreled shotgun, shooting at an uninhabited vehicle and bringing a controlled substance into the Butte County Jail.

Sylvester Howze is not allowed to possess a firearm, as he is a convicted felon. He was arrested after the incident at his home on C Street in Oroville. His bail is set at $85,000.

When police responded to the reports about a man carrying a firearm and pointing it at people at the park, they were told shots had been fired at the location.

Officers said they found a victim who reported that an unknown subject had returned to the park after an earlier physical altercation. The victim told police the tires of their vehicle were shot by the subject, who then fled westbound on C. St. in a maroon-colored sedan.

The suspect and vehicle were located in the 2000 block of C Street, said police. They said the subject, 56-year-old Sylvester Howze, matched the description provided to them by witnesses and seen on video surveillance.

After Howze was arrested a search warrant was obtained. According to the Oroville Police Department, the search resulted in the discovery of a short-barreled shotgun.

Sylvester Howze of Oroville

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