Arrest after Pepperidge holdup attempt

Jabali J. Howard

A 27-year-old man was arrested this morning following an attempted armed robbery in the Pepperidge Subdivision this morning.

 The victim told officers he was walking along the 2100 block of Pepperidge Drive when he saw two men drive by in a small black sedan. The men then got out with guns and demanded money, police said.

 The victim waited until he saw cars passing nearby to make a run for it. One of the suspected robbers, Jabali Jerome Howard, followed on foot and beat the victim several times in the head with his gun, police said.

 A deputy, who happened to be passing the subdivision entrance, witnessed the incident and arrested Howard.

 He was charged with criminal attempt at armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.