Crime

Pasco man sought in robbery did time for same crime

A 27-year-old Pasco man who has been out of prison for less than two months on a first-degree robbery conviction is wanted by police for the same crime.

Chancey Dean Howard and Kenneth Rowell, 25, of Pasco, are being sought in connection with an armed robbery at a Kennewick apartment Tuesday, police said.

The men are accused of robbing a man and woman at an apartment at 1025 W. Entiat Ave. at 1:45 p.m., said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police's crime prevention specialist.

The victims, Cindy Laborin, 21, of Kennewick, and Antonio Sanchez-Lopez, 27, of Pasco, told police they went to visit a friend when they were robbed.

Howard is accused of pulling a gun on them and stealing their cash, cell phones, car keys and purse, Blatman said.

Howard and Rowell then reportedly got into a red Volkswagen Jetta and drove off.

The victims said they were attempting to visit the resident of the apartment, but the person was not there.

When officers took statements from Sanchez-Lopez and Laborin, they found both had methamphetamine on them, so they were arrested, Blatman said.

Both were booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of possessing meth.

Howard and Rowell are wanted on suspicion of first-degree robbery. They are considered armed and dangerous, Blatman said.

Both also have criminal histories.

Howard was released Oct. 2 from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla after serving a 2 1/2-year sentence for first-degree robbery and felony harassment.

The charges stemmed from an incident on Sept. 24, 2003, when Howard and an accomplice entered a Kennewick home and held six people at gunpoint. Howard then forced a resident to open a bedroom safe and stole $500, a gun and marijuana, according to court documents.

Several days after the incident, Howard left a voice mail message for a Herald reporter, threatening to injure or kill him for covering the crime, documents said.

Howard is 6-foot-2, 145 pounds and has blond hair and hazel eyes.

Rowell is 6-foot, 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts can call Kennewick police at 628-0333 or Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477.

Tips can also be sent to www. tricitiescrimestoppers.org or by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.

All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.

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