NC man jailed after violent burglary, robbery in Rock Hill

Akeem Rashad Howard
Akeem Rashad Howard York County Sheriff’s Office

A North Carolina man was jailed on multiple charges after he robbed two women at gunpoint and knocked one of the women unconscious with a blow to the mouth, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Akeem Rashad Howard, 22, of Chestnut Street in Shelby, N.C., was charged Sunday with armed robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and battery, giving false information, larceny and unlawful entry into enclosed places, according to the sheriff’s office. He was placed in the York County detention center, where he remained Tuesday afternoon without bond.

Officers found two female victims in the roadway of Broken Oak Road in Rock Hill just after noon Sunday, according to a sheriff’s report. One of the victims had a cut and swelling on her lips.

The victims told deputies Howard forced his way into the home after being told not to enter. Howard reportedly pushed one of the victims aside and entered the second woman’s bedroom, where he shoved her head into the pillow and took money from her wallet.

When the first victim approached Howard, he punched her in the mouth, knocking her unconscious, deputies said. She later received medical attention but refused EMS transport to a hospital.

The second victim followed Howard outside, where a family member was waiting to give him a ride “unaware of the crime that was taking place,” the report states. When the family member refused Howard a ride, he pointed a black revolver at the female victim “to get her away.” He reportedly fled into a wooded area on Shadow Lane.

Law enforcement set up a perimeter in the area, and officers saw Howard run inside a home on Kimble Lane that he later realized was occupied and fled, deputies said. He was taken into custody at a home on Tysons Forest Drive.

Howard reportedly gave officers a false name to avoid drug charges in North Carolina.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082