Canadian Man Wanted For Murder Arrested By Border Patrol In Michigan

WWJ News
January 09, 2020 - 4:31 pm
Earl Howard

Earl Howard (Photo: Burleigh County Sheriff's Office)

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PORT HURON (WWJ/AP) - A Canadian man wanted in the killing of a man in North Dakota has been arrested in Michigan.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers took  41-year-old Earl Howard of Belwood, Ontario, into custody early Thursday on the Blue Water Bridge, which connects Port Huron with Ontario.

A warrant was out for Howard's arrest for the murder of 42-year-old Chad Entzel in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Entzel was found with a gunshot wound to the head in a bedroom after authorities responded to a house fire last week. It's alleged that Howard set fire to the home after killing Entzel. 

He is charged in Burleigh County with Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Arson, Conspiracy to Commit Arson and Conspiracy to tamper with physical evidence.

“Today the men and woman of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Port Huron made our community a safer place by arresting this suspect attempting to return to the United States,” said Port Director Michael Fox. “CBP Officers routinely interdict travelers who are fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants every day across America.”

Howard was turned over to the Port Huron Police Department. Officers seized the vehicle the suspect was driving, which will be turned over to law enforcement officials from North Dakota, according to CPB. 

The victim's wife, 38-year-old Nikki Entzel, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in his death.