A man has been accused of the death of his grandmother and of attempting to rape her and his mother in Pennsylvania, officials said.
Police said the accident occurred in Lower Oxford Township, Pennsylvania, at about 1 a.m.
“This was a brutal attack,” Chester County Attorney General Tom Hogan said in a statement. “The family is shocked. The Pennsylvania State Police have done an amazing job in response to a remarkably volatile situation.”
According to law enforcement officials, 23-year-old Kevin Havello was out of the house with a friend smoking marijuana in his mother’s car when he got home where he was living with his grandmother, mother, and sister.
Police said Havelo asked his mother if his friend could stay the night, and she said no.
That’s when officials said that Havelo, angry at his mother and grandmother, believing they were preventing him from enjoying a normal social life, including having a regular girlfriend and smoking marijuana at home, attacked his mother.
Police said Havelo dragged his mother to the ground and sexually assaulted her. She eventually managed to break free, and Havelo’s sister called 911.
But officials said Havelo then attacked his 81-year-old grandmother and sexually assaulted her.
Havello grabbed several knives from the kitchen and stabbed his grandmother more than 20 times in the stomach, chest and head, according to officials.
The police arrived at the house and Havelo’s sister let her in. Havello was detained and charged with first degree murder, attempted rape and related offenses.
Although the police tried to save the grandmother, she died at the scene of her injuries.
Investigators discovered that Havelo was voluntarily taken to a hospital threatening to harm himself.
“We are grateful that the rapid response stopped the defendant’s actions before he injured or killed anyone else,” said Lieutenant Jeremy Richard of the Pennsylvania State Police.
“Every murder is worrying, but the killing of an elderly person within the family is particularly alarming. We are all grateful for the prompt response on the part of law enforcement and the family’s cooperation to address the issue quickly, comprehensively and fairly,” Hogan said.