Updated: Carjacking Suspect Arraigned in Bristol, Sent to BCCF
Updated: September 6, 2022 6:45 pm
The man police say is responsible for carjacking two women, seriously injuring one, was video arraigned Tuesday afternoon by District Court Judge Frank W. Peranteau Sr.
Kevin O’Connell, 40 was transferred from the Riverside Correctional Facility in Philadelphia to Bucks County authorities earlier today, police said for his arraignment.
Lower Bucks Source has broken every story first related to the last months alleged attack of an 83 year-old woman in the Bristol Park Shopping Center that outraged locals and public safety officials.
O’Connell, was subsequently tied through DNA to a carjacking in Bristol Township in March of this year also by investigators
The Levittown man is scheduled to appear for trial in the Court of Common Pleas in two other cases for misdemeanor drug related offenses next month.
Peranteau set O’Connell, bail at 10 percent of $250,000.00 and he was remanded to Bucks County Prison, where he’ll await his next court appearance tentatively scheduled for September 14.
He is charged with four counts of robbery, one count of aggravated assault, four felony theft related counts, and six other related offenses for the two carjacking’s police say he’s committed in Bristol.
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A Levittown man was taken into custody the by Philadelphia Police, when he was found operating an 83 year-old woman’s vehicle that was robbed in a car jacking Friday.
Kevin O’Connell, 40 of Levittown was charged by an arrest warrant Tuesday that also alleges he committed a similar robbery earlier this year in Bristol Township[.
O’Connell, 40 will be charged with four counts of robbery, one count of aggravated assault, four felony theft related counts, and six other related offenses for two car jacking’s police say he’s committed.
The investigation took a major turn Saturday morning when O’Connell, was located in Philadelphia driving the stolen 2007 blue Toyota Camry by Philadelphia Police.
The victim, according to police, picked out O’Connell, from a photo spread Detective William Davis showed her Monday. She remains at Jefferson -Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia for being treated for a number of injuries.
The carjacking on Friday started when the suspect allegedly approached the victim asking for money as she left a medical related appointment. She told police, according to court records, she refused several times to give Oconnel money, and he grabbed her car keys out of her hands, screaming at her “I have AIDS and I am going to give you a shot,”according to court records.
O’Connell, threw the victim to the ground and fled the scene, Police said.
Officers were flagged down by several people in the parking lot and witnesses told them a white male had robbed an elderly female.
The investigation linked O’Connell to an earlier carjacking in Bristol Township
On March 16, 2022, at 9:23 a.m., Police were dispatched to the McDonald’s at 7700 Bristol Pike.
Police spoke to a woman who said she had just parked her 2019 Chevrolet Trax when a male approached the passenger side and entered. The male told her “I’m a heroin addict and I have a needle get out of the car,” according to the criminal complaint.
The woman fled out of her vehicle for fear of her safety, taking her keys with her. However, the male was still able to start the vehicle because of its keyless ignition and fled.
The vehicle was tracked to Philadelphia. Once the vehicle was recovered, Bristol Township Police took multiple DNA swabs, which returned with a match for O’Connell.
“This man’s arrest for two violent carjackings are as a result of great police work by Bristol Borough PD, and including cooperation from Philadelphia PD, in combination with modern DNA technology,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “Carjacking is still comparatively rare in Bucks County, and that’s as a consequence of joint law enforcement efforts like these. We will now focus our prosecution on deterring this man, and others from committing these violent acts in the future.”
This case was investigated by Bristol Borough Police Department, Bristol Township Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department. This case is assigned for prosecution to Assistant District Attorney Edward Furman Jr.