Brentwood home invasion suspect released on reduced bond

Brentwood home invasion suspect released on reduced bond (Image 1)
Brentwood home invasion suspect released on reduced bond (Image 1)

One of two men charged in a violent Brentwood home invasion has been released on bond.  

On Tuesday, a judge reduced 20-year-old Justin Howell's bond from $500,000 to $50,000.

“We respect the judge's discretion and authority and the court's authority to reduce that bond, we thought it was appropriate where it was set,” said Chief Jeff Hughes of Brentwood.

Residents in the area near where the violent crime occurred on October 12 told News 2 they are concerned by Howell's release.

“It's scary to hear something like that in your neighborhood, so close by and it surprised me. It's really unexpected,” said mother Heather High.

Police said they believe Howell and 19-year-old Brian Frelix may also be connected to a violent attack on an elderly woman in Belle Meade.

During the crime, the woman was pistol whipped and punched in the face by one of the suspects.

“These individuals are dangerous and have the propensity to be dangerous individuals if they are free and on the street,” said Chief Hughes.

Belle Meade police say they are close to charging the men in the separate case.

Frelix remains jailed on a $500,000 bond. Officials said he will undergo a mental evaluation in the near future.

News 2 contacted Judge Ernie Williams' office to find out why Howell's bond was reduced but he was out of town.

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