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Updated: Philly Man Stabs to Death Wendy’s Co- Worker in Bensalem Beer Parking Lot

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A Philadelphia man has been charged for the stabbing to death of a Wendy’s employee in the parking lot of Bensalem Beer and Soda.

Dominique Isaac Harris, 40, was arraigned by District Court Judge Corryn L. Kronnagel at 4 am Thursday with one count of criminal homicide and one count of possession of an instrument of crime with intent. He was sent to Bucks County Correctional Facility, with bail denied by Judge Kronnagel.

According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched to the scene at 1919 Street Road just after 8 am.

An employee of the beverage store told  police that when arriving to work they observed large pools of what appeared to be blood. Additionally police located, a cell phone, blood stained clothing, a Wendy’s hat, blood stained paperwork, duct tape and other items. 

At around 10 am today Police discovered the body of victim Michael Pickens in the area of the Cornwells Train Station park and ride police said.

Credit: Nicolette Silva

Through video surveillance investigators observed the attack of the victim stabbed several dozen times, according to police.

Subsequently the suspect went back to his vehicle and ran the victim over with his car, police said.

Police reviewed additional video footage from the Wendy’s Restaurant located at 2041 Street Road where he was taking out the garbage and then approached by the suspect later identified to be Harris. 

Harris chases the victim until he catches up to him, and then repeatedly stabs him with a knife.

Submitted: Bensalem Beer & Soda crime scene

Investigators met with the victims family members confirming the victim’s identity.

According to court records, family members told police the victim had a prior fight in January with the suspect who also is a Wendy’s employee.

Police said the description of the suspect by family members fit that of the suspect in the video footage and the vehicle was seen leaving the parking lot after the attack.

Just before 10:30 pm Philadelphia Police 35th District informed Bensalem investigators they had Harris on a traffic stop at Broad Street and Huntington Avenue driving the vehicle that fled the area of the stabbing.

Officers said they observed “fresh” blood  stains in and on the vehicle, according to police.

Blood stains, court records show, were found on the driver side fender. Harris, police said, had his right hand  bandaged.

Bensalem Police are asking that anyone with information about this incident, contact police at (215) 633-3719 or submit an anonymous tip the Bensalem CrimeWatch page

He is currently scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 12

Editor’s Note: Intern Josh Thompson contributed to this story 

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“Armed Man” Initiates Lockdown for Levittown Elementary School Thursday, No Charges Filed

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Brookwood Elementary

**Update: Friday 4 a.m.**

Earlier Thursday, Brookwood Elementary in Bristol Township instituted their “Lockdown Procedures” due to an alleged report of a “armed man” in the area of the school.

Parents received a community update notice which said they were in lockdown due to a security concern in a nearby neighborhood.  The notice said updates would be provided as they occur and to please not come to or contact the school.

Police dispatched to the elementary school raced up Haines Road one witness told the publication taking one man into custody, authorities  said.

“There was an incident involving an adult male, who was in possession of a firearm near the school crossing guard post (Kenwood Drive North & Key Lane.) There is no information at this time that he attempted to enter the school. The matter is under investigation. No one has been arrested as of this time,” said Lt. Sean Cosgrove in an e-email exchange with Lower Bucks Source, shortly after the incident.

At 1:30 p.m., the lockdown was lifted without further incident.

 

 

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Morrisville Police Reports: Woman Charged with Harassment, Man Charged with DUI after Crash

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Morrisville Borough Police Reports March 26 to April 1, 2024

Arrest/Harassment – 03/28/24 @ 21:13 – A 24 year old female was cited for Harassment for an incident at an apartment complex on the 300 block of Plaza Boulevard.

Motor Vehicle Theft – 03/29/24 @ 16:08 – Report of a BMW stolen from an apartment complex on the 400 block of Plaza Boulevard. Value:  $10,000.00

Retail Theft – 03/29/24 @ 17:25 – Report of merchandise stolen from the Giant Food Store on W. Trenton Avenue.  Value:  $120.00

Arrest/DUI – 03/30/24 @ 02:59 – A 29 year old male was arrested for Driving Under the Influence after a traffic accident on W. Hendrickson and Harper Avenues.  He was processed and released.

Warrant/PICS – 04/01/24 – A warrant will be issued for a 28 year old male for Unsworn Falsification to Authorities in attempting to purchase a firearm at the Mega Pawn Shop on W. Bridge Street on 02/27/23.

 

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Bridge Construction to Close Newportville Road in Bristol, Bensalem Townships

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced last week that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is planning bridge construction on Newportville Road in Bristol and Bensalem townships, beginning Monday, February 12.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restriction:

Monday, February 12, through Friday, February 16, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, a closure is scheduled on Newportville Road between Zimmerman Lane and New Falls Road. During the closure, motorists will be directed to use Zimmerman Lane and New Falls Road.

Local access will be maintained up to the work zone.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area because backups and delays will occur.

All scheduled activities are weather dependent. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, visit the District 6 Traffic Bulletin. Information about infrastructure in District 6, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov. Subscribe to PennDOT District 6 news and traffic alerts at www.penndot.pa.gov/District6. Follow PennDOT on X and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

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