PORT HURON, Mich — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a man wanted for suspected homicide and arson in North Dakota at the Blue Water Bridge early Thursday morning.
CBP Officers arrested the 41-year-old Earl Howard of Belwood, Ontario, a United States citizen without incident early this morning and turned him 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.
A warrant was out for Howard’s arrest for the murder of 42-year-old Chad Entzel in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Chad Entzel was found with a GSW to the head in a bedroom after authorities responded to a dwelling fire last week. It’s alleged that Howard set fire to the home after killing Entzel.
Law enforcement searched the room and found a box of shotgun shells with two missing, they also found an over/under shotgun on the bed with two shells inside and one was spent.
Howard was charged in Burleigh County with Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Arson, Conspiracy to Commit Arson and Conspiracy to tamper with physical evidence.
Entzel’s wife, 38-year-old Nikki Entzel, has also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
“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.”