Police: Man assaulted detective in Bensalem homicide investigation – Bucks County Courier Times

12November 2020


A Bensalem police car sits outside the home office of James Sowa, where he was found murdered on Monday, police said.

A Bensalem guy attacked an officer

unprovoked Tuesday when private investigators went to take an automobile that was at the scene of a homicide in the township, according to authorities. Bensalem police said Joseph Robert O'Boyle, was packing a travel suitcase when investigators appeared at his Byberry Road house Tuesday night. O'Boyle, 22, is charged with two counts of felony worsened assault, in addition to misdemeanor offenses of recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and resisting arrest.

Arraigning District Judge Daniel Baranoski rejected O'Boyle bail, according to court records, which show bail was rejected due to the fact that he is a flight threat, tried to leave and there were pending homicide charges.

Bensalem Director of Public Safety Fred Harran said Thursday that O'Boyle has not been charged in the murder.

“It's still a continuous investigation,” he stated.

Dr. James Sowa, a chiropractor from Bensalem was slain Monday in his home office.

Bensalem cops were investigating the death of chiropractic specialist

James Sowa, who was found dead in his home in the 3100 block of Hulmeville Road the night of Nov. 2. An autopsy identified he passed away of blunt-force injury to the

head. Court documents state Sowa, 64, last talked with his wife on the phone prior to 8 a.m. that day. Additionally, Sowa's mail, which had actually been delivered about 10:30 a.m., had not been gathered, which was unusual.

Police said Sowa did not return a call from a customer made just after 11 a.m. either, which was likewise not common. Investigators examined surveillance video and found a white Nissan Altima, which was signed up to O'Boyle's address, leaving the area of O'Boyle's home about 8:25 a.m. that day, according to authorities.

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The Nissan Altima is seen parking at a home near Sowa's house, and an unidentified man was seen strolling up the Sowa's driveway, court files state.

Shortly after, cops said that guy left down Sowa's driveway, entered the cars and truck and repelled, charging documents declare. Authorities discovered that officers had been to the address where the lorry was registered to in the summer, according to authorities. O'Boyle, police said, attacked a family member and would not take his medication.

In addition, O'Boyle had been a client of Sowa's given that mid-September, court documents state.

Detectives went to O'Boyle's house with a search warrant about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

While there, they discovered O'Boyle loading a luggage, and authorities said he lunged at a Bensalem investigator.

O'Boyle then punched the investigator in the face a number of times, according to authorities.

The detective needed to be taken to a neighboring medical facility for examination and treatment, charging files state.

Sowa, a Republican commiteeman, lived at the house and operated his chiropractic workplace out of it.

O'Boyle has a preliminary hearing tentatively set up for Nov. 25. He did not have a lawyer listed for him Thursday.

Source: buckscountycouriertimes.com

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