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UPDATE: Former Ohio U. Hockey player arrested after alleged on-campus assault

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Published: Mar. 22, 2016 at 4:19 PM EDT
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UPDATE 6/14/16

ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former Ohio University hockey player is headed to prison after an assault on OU's campus earlier this year.

James D. Howard, 25, was arrested in March after investigators say he forced his way into the office of the assistant hockey coach and allegedly shoved and tried to punch him.

Howard was arrested in Hocking County after a gun store owner called 911, reporting Howard became agitated as he tried to buy a gun, allegedly screaming threats at the store owner. Investigators caught up with him at Walmart, where they say he was trying to buy a "large quantity of ammunition, gloves and camoflage clothing."

Howard pleaded guilty to burglary and tampering with records on Tuesday. He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison.


UPDATE 3/22/16 @ 10:15 p.m.

ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Survival gear, along with a newly purchased firearm, were located in the car of a former OHIO Hockey player arrested after an alleged assault on campus, according to information from the Hocking County Sheriff's Office.

According to the criminal complaint, Monday, James D. Howard, 25, of Athens, forced his way into the office of the assistant hockey coach and allegedly shoved him and tried to punch him.

The Hocking County Sheriff's Office reports that Howard's vehicle was found in a Walmart parking lot in Logan, Ohio. Deputies say he was inside the store, trying to buy a "large quantity of ammunition, gloves and camouflage clothing."

Deputies also say a local gun store owner called 911, reporting that Howard became agitated as he tried to buy a gun, allegedly screaming threats at the store owner as Howard was leaving the store.

Howard is charged with burglary and weapons under disability. Investigators say the weapons charge stems from a previous involuntary admission to a mental health facility.

Howard is being held on $35,000 bond. He faces 13 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

OUPD says officers were preparing an emergency notification to the campus community when Howard was located.

Investigators say Howard was enrolled as a student at OU, but withdrew from classes Monday.


ORIGINAL STORY 3/22/16 @ 4:19 p.m.

ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former OHIO Hockey player has been arrested on charges after an alleged assault that happened on campus.

According to the criminal complaint, Monday, James D. Howard, 25, of Athens, forced his way into the office of the assistant hockey coach and allegedly shoved him and tried to punch him.

Howard had already left the scene by the time police arrived.

They were advised he had told a friend he was going to get a gun.

Ohio University Police issued warrants for his arrest and notified surrounding law enforcement to be on the lookout for Howard.

Late Monday afternoon, Howard reportedly tried to buy a gun in Logan, Ohio. Deputies were able to track him down and say he had a shotgun in his possession and was trying to buy ammunition.

He is charged with burglary and weapons under disability. Investigators say the weapons charge stems from a previous involuntary admission to a mental health facility.

Howard is being held on $35,000 bond. He faces 13 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

OUPD says officers were preparing an emergency notification to the campus community when Howard was located.

Investigators say Howard was enrolled as a student at OU, but withdrew from classes Monday.