Justice Afoa Case: Murder Suspect Attempted to Kill Girlfriend

Police confirmed that a suspect arrested in connection to the slaying of 17-year-old Justice Afoa was arrested for attempted murder last month.

The Fremont man who was arrested on suspicion of murder for the 2010 killing of 17-year-old Justice Afoa was arrested last month after trying to hang his girlfriend from a tree, police confirmed Wednesday afternoon. 

Newark Police Cmdr. Mike Carroll confirmed Daniel Howard, 31, of Fremont  was re-arrested Monday on suspicion of murder in connection to the 2010 stabbing death after police interviewed him in jail, where he was being held on charges related to a Fremont crime that occurred in late November.

Howard was originally arrested Nov. 25 on suspicion of attempted murder after police responded to the 41500 block of Beatrice Street when a woman called 9-1-1 and informed officers that her boyfriend had her tied up in the backyard, according to Fremont police.

When officers arrived, police found the woman with “a rope cinched around her neck.” Police also said Howard continued to wrap the rope around her neck before pushing her toward officers and fleeing.

He was eventually arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Carroll said it is expected that Howard will be arraigned for one count of murder in connection to the slaying of Justice on Wednesday afternoon.

Howard is also scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in connection to the Fremont incident in January 2013, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office's online database.


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D December 18, 2012 at 12:17 AM
sure about that???
Julie December 18, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Can somebody (preferably from the Police Dept) explain why it took 2 years to find and arrest this man? If he was arrested right after the murder took place, the women mentioned in this article would never had to go through this trauma and the family of Justice could maybe have found some peace..... Two years (baffling)??
StreetWatchDogg December 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
They dont take to kindly to rapist, molestors and women beaters in the big house.
Joseph Kent April 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Hanging her from a tree?? It's OK. Daniel won't need a girlfriend where he's going. But hey, he might get to BE somebody's girlfriend. Good luck, tough guy...


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