Man charged in Calif. weapons case faces sex assault probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Indiana man charged in California with possessing an assault weapon and explosives before a major gay pride parade is also the subject of a sexual assault investigation.

The Clark County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that 20-year-old James Wesley Howell of Jeffersonville is a suspect in the alleged May 31 assault.

A department spokesman declined to release further details.

The incident occurred less than two weeks before Howell was arrested Sunday in Santa Monica, California, when police said they found three assault rifles and explosive chemicals in a car apparently driven from Indiana.

Indianapolis FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne says agents searched Howell’s home Monday night.

A message seeking comment was left for Howell family attorney Bobby Boyd.

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