Crime

UPDATE: Suspected gang member nabbed in series of robberies, thefts

Update: Devonte Howard pleaded not guilty in two separate Recorder's Court hearings Monday morning. Both hearings were waived to Superior Court. He was ordered to return back inside of the Muscogee County Jail after receiving $10,000 bond for his "weapon charges," a $25,000 bond for the theft by taking charge and being denied bond for the remaining charges.

Original story: A suspected gang member sought in a series of thefts and robberies was arrested at Elizabeth Canty Apartments on Friday afternoon, Columbus police said.

Devonte Howard, 21, was taken into custody at 4:50 p.m. at the 401 Building of the public housing complex on Cusseta Road. He is held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail for an 8 a.m. Monday hearing in Recorder's Court.

Howard faces one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, theft by taking a motor vehicle and street gang terrorism and prevention and two counts of armed robbery.

The street gang charge stems from Howard's alleged participation with a criminal street gang identified as "5150/Taliban."

Police said Howard is accused of using a hangun to rob two people in one incident and took a 2007 Kia Optima from the owner on Comer Avenue.

In an armed robbery that occurred on Dec. 22, police said Howard used a gun to rob an employee of the Petro Mart at 6262 Macon Road. Police said the suspect threatened to kill the employees if he didn't surrender the cash.

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