Prosecutors on Monday filed first-degree robbery charges in a 30-year-old case against a Cape Girardeau man who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1982.
Police say 50-year-old Charles O’Howell broke into a Cape Girardeau home in 1982 and stole $50 from the resident at gunpoint. The 46-year-old female resident, caring for her elderly mother, heard a noise in the family room. She found an intruder standing in the room “holding a long-barrel gun”. She gave him $50 and he fled into the woods behind the home. Investigators followed his tracks for about three miles to another residential area, but lost the trail. In 2011, investigators questioned O’Howell at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green, Mo., where he’s serving a 55-year sentence for raping a 15-year-old girl. A preliminary hearing in the robbery case for O’Howell is scheduled for July 24.