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Updated: Carjacking Suspect Arraigned in Bristol, Sent to BCCF

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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, has been tied, by DNA, to a March carjacking in Bristol Township investigators say,

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 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 in the 24th District, known to substance abusers as “Down the Way,” or ” “K and A.”

The victim, according to police, picked O’Connell out from a photo spread Detective William Davis showed her Monday. She remains at Jefferson -Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia and is treated for a number of undisclosed injuries.

A witness to the alleged carjacking picked out the suspect from an photo array the day before, court records show.

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 O’Connell 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.

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Sources: Borough Police Investigating Sexual Assault of Minor with Behavioral Health Challenges

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Imagine being a young female on your way to a local store and an unknown man grabs and fondles you while mumbling incoherently. Apparently this is what happened in the area of the Dollar General 610 Bristol Pike earlier this month.

Multiple sources confirmed to Lower Bucks Source early Friday an investigation is moving forward with a person of interest in the sights of Bristol Borough Police.

The alleged sexual assault which included the suspect grabbing the young girl in the genital region in an alleyway close to the Dollar General. Social media posts and comments about the reported attack say store employees have been cooperating with police providing detailed descriptions of the suspect.

Sources said late Thursday evening, the suspect has a lengthy criminal record and currently has active case filed by Bristol Township Police for stalking, reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint -serious bodily injury and a related offense.

Each source is “very concerned” for the health and welfare of girls and women walking around in the Bristol area.

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A source with knowledge of the police inquiry said Detective William “Billy” Davis  was assigned the case last week.

We’re just hoping an arrest is made soon, one source repeatedly said

“You can’t have an animal like that out there running free,” another said with rage in her voice. .

If you have any information about the alleged October 10 attack you can submit an anonymous tip to police by clicking here. Or you can call Call (215) 788-7813.

Chief of Police Joe Moors did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

At this time, Lower Bucks Source is withholding the name of the suspect to protect the integrity of the police investigation.

 

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Updated:Three-Alarm Blaze Rips Through Six Borough Homes, At Least 10 Displaced, Sources say

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Update: 4:45 pm Tuesday- Sept 19, 2023

The early Tuesday morning fire that ripped quickly through six Bristol Borough homes is now under investigation by the Bucks County Fire Marshal’s office, first responder  sources told Lower Bucks Source, this afternoon.

Multiple residents and sources who could only speak on the condition of anonymity said fire victims were placed at a local church.  Bristol Borough Emergency Management officials are set up there with The American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania assisting,

The fire severely damaged at least three homes and with the remaining three suffering varying degrees of fire and water damage.

Two witnesses earlier this morning saw a “family of five run for their lives with children in tow”

“:It was truly traumatic to see that” the Buckley Street resident said,

Still no official word on the cause of the fire that went from one to a three-alarm blaze in what appeared to be a blink of the eye, a first responder on scene said.

“The response was massive, intense, and loud” the source said.

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A three-alarm fire ripped through Bristol Borough homes on the 600 Block of Spruce Street Tuesday morning.

One witness on scene said they saw a family of five running out of their home to escape the blaze.

Screaming sirens cut through the morning smoke, with onlookers crying as they stood mesmerized by the crazy morning scene of fire companies pouring into Bristol from every direction to battle the raging blaze, one witness described.

Preliminary reports said the fire dispatch came in around 6 am calling is a  “a tactical house fire.”

Police on scene, one source said, advised the fire was spreading to other homes on the block with heavy smoke showing when fire companies arrived on scene.

Second and Third alarms called for “manpower” as first arriving companies battled the blaze with firefighters from outside the three row homes, witnesses said.

Within 30 minutes it turned to three alarms and Buckley and Spruce cross-street blocked off by fire police. 

By 7am there were approximately 20 fire trucks within the confines of Bristol Borough as . 

Fire  companies from as far as Trevose are on hand to assist with firefighters who are now checking adjacent homes for damage and spread, said observers.

Cause of the fire as of 8 am was yet to be determined.

Details and updates as they come in

Joanne Ames contributed to this report.

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Exclusive: Video of Predator Poachers Encounter with Jailed Bristol Man Posted

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Disclaimer: The following story and video might not be appropriate for those under the age of 18. Parental Discretion is advised 

The Predator Poachers video encounter with a Bristol man last month leading to his arrest was posted online recently. 

The, what appears to be the, terrified look, of 44 year-old William J. Rago Jr. is the feature image of the video

Rago was allegedly expecting  to have sex with a 13 year-old girl and was charged and jailed last month with the video posted to Rumble.com.

The scene  played out just after two am on July 11th when Bristol police were dispatched to St Ann’s Church on Pond Street to meet with a group of subjects who were with Rago Jr., police said in court papers.

The more than one-hour video depicts the encounter from the beginning, ending with Rago being taken into Police custody by Borough officer “Jimmer” Ellis.

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Rago Jr was charged with one felony count criminal attempt – statutory sexual assault: 4-8 years older, one felony count of criminal attempt – unlawful contact with a minor – sexual offenses, one felony count of criminal attempt – corruption of minors – defendant age 18 or above and criminal use of communication facility and remains in jail awaiting a September preliminary hearing.

To men 18 and over who think it’s ok to interact with minors in this way, the activist  group and law enforcement have responded with a resounding NO, in recent weeks

 

 

 

 

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