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 detectives went to seize a lorry that was at the scene of a homicide in the area, according to authorities. Bensalem police stated Joseph Robert O'Boyle, was packing a suitcase when detectives appeared at his Byberry Road home Tuesday night. O'Boyle, 22, is charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, as well as misdemeanor offenses of recklessly endangering another individual, simple assault and resisting arrest.

Arraigning District Judge Daniel Baranoski rejected O'Boyle bail, according to court records, which reveal bail was denied since he is a flight danger, 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 homicide.

“It's still an ongoing examination,” he said.

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

Bensalem police were investigating the death of chiropractic practitioner

James Sowa, who was found dead in his home in the 3100 block of Hulmeville Road the night of Nov. 2. An autopsy determined he died of blunt-force trauma to the

head. Court documents state Sowa, 64, last spoke 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 actually not been gathered, which was uncommon.

Police stated Sowa did not call back from a customer made simply after 11 a.m. either, which was likewise not common. Investigators examined monitoring video and found a white Nissan Altima, which was signed up to O'Boyle's address, leaving the location of O'Boyle's house about 8:25 a.m. that day, according to authorities.

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The Nissan Altima is seen parking at a residence near Sowa's home, and an unknown guy was seen strolling up the Sowa's driveway, court documents state.

Shortly after, police stated that guy left down Sowa's driveway, entered into the car and drove off, charging files allege. Cops discovered that officers had actually been to the address where the vehicle was signed up to in the summertime, according to authorities. O'Boyle, cops said, assaulted a member of the family and would not take his medication.

Furthermore, O'Boyle had been a client of Sowa's considering that mid-September, court files state.

Detectives went to O'Boyle's home with a search warrant about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, cops stated.

While there, they found O'Boyle loading a travel suitcase, and cops stated he lunged at a Bensalem investigator.

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

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

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

O'Boyle has an initial hearing tentatively set up for Nov. 25. He did not have an attorney listed for him Thursday.

Source: buckscountycouriertimes.com

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