A homeless Pennsylvania man is accused of stabbing and killing his 78-year-old stepfather, police said.
Brian Joseph Carey was arrested last week, hours after officials named him as a person of interest in connection to the killing of Joseph Michael Jakimowicz.
Carey was formally charged with one count of criminal homicide, possession instrument of crime, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, stalking and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Bristol Township Police were dispatched to a home in the 700 block of Winder Drive around 7:15 p.m. of Feb. 15, where the victim was found on the flood and appeared to be stabbed numerous times, according to LevitTownNow.com.
The Bucks County Coroner’s Office determined Jakimowicz died of multiple sharp force injuries and ruled his death a homicide.
Detectives with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Bristol Township Police Department learned from relatives that Jakimowicz had been having ongoing problems with his estranged stepson, Carey, according to the report. Carey had been texting his stepfather threats and leaving voicemails on his cell phone recently, causing Jakimowicz to lock his doors for his safety.
The relatives reportedly told detectives Carey had a “hit list” of family members that he wanted to kill, and Jakimowicz was on the list, according to a criminal complaint obtained by LevitTownNow.
Authorities said surveillance footage showed Carey entering the victim’s home through the front door at 2:18 p.m. and leaving in the victim’s 2006 Chevy Trailblazer.
The victim’s vehicle was reportedly located in Philadelphia and Carey was located in a bar in Trumbauersville Borough, Pennsylvania, not long after he was named in connection to the case.
Pennsylvania State Police arrested Carey after they reportedly found methamphetamine and pipes on him. Police said Carey was also in possession of five knives of varying sizes and a large sum of money.
"Despite Mr. Jakimowicz's tragic murder, I am relieved that law enforcement was able to apprehend his killer before he could potentially carry out more murders of people on his alleged kill list," Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said in a statement.
"We certainly would not have caught him as quickly as we did without the public’s help, those who responded with several tips as to his whereabouts when we were looking for him. In addition, I thank the Bensalem Township Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Bucks County Detectives for their relentless pursuit of this killer until they apprehended him."
Carey was ordered held in Bucks County Correctional Facility without bail.