Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bensalem police: Cop chased down stabbing suspect

The man who plunged a knife into another man's adomen on Monday was chased down Tuesday evening by a Bensalem cop who recognized him from surveilance video, according to court documents filed this morning.

Bensalem police: Cop chased down stabbing suspect

Bensalem police

The man who plunged a knife into another man's adomen on Monday was chased down Tuesday evening by a Bensalem cop who recognized him from surveilance video, according to court documents filed this morning.

The alleged stabber is Michael C. Bell, 45, who was listed as having "no fixed abode" in court documents. He is in Bucks County prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. Charges against him include aggravated assault, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.    

The victim is in stable condition after undergoing surgery at Aria Torresdale Hospital, police said. The Bucks County Courier Times reported that the victim is a father of three.

Bell allegedly was trying to break into some cars parked off of Street and Mechanicsville roads Monday evening when a man who lived nearby approached him and tried to call 911. Bell stabbed the man and took off on foot, police said.

The police department distributed footage from a nearby surveilance camera to officers and to the public on Tuesday. Shortly before 8 p.m., officer Shawn Smith recognized Bell and chased him down, court records stated. Bell allegedly admitted to the attack and told detectives where he hid the knife.   

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