Arrest in beating of Wissinoming man


A man wanted in the bru­tal beat­ing of a Wissi­nom­ing res­id­ent was ar­res­ted in Frank­ford last Thursday.

James Brad­ley, 28, was taken in­to cus­tody on the 1600 block of Foulk­rod St., po­lice said. He was charged with ag­grav­ated as­sault, simple as­sault and reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­oth­er per­son, ac­cord­ing to on­line court re­cords.

Po­lice had ob­tained a war­rant for Brad­ley’s ar­rest on Sept. 19. He is ac­cused of beat­ing a res­id­ent of the 1700 block Kennedy St. so badly on Sept. 11 that the man had to be taken to a hos­pit­al, Lt. Mark Over­wise said last week.

Brad­ley al­legedly smashed his vic­tim’s face in­to a wall after beat­ing him on his head and body, po­lice said.

The ar­rest came a week after neigh­bors who live on and around the 1700 block of Kennedy St. com­plained to po­lice about Brad­ley and a fam­ily that also lived in the quiet, eth­nic­ally di­verse sec­tion that’s al­most sur­roun­ded by Wissi­nom­ing Park and nearby cemeter­ies.

Neigh­bor­hood dis­putes can in­volve one neigh­bor com­plain­ing about an­oth­er, Over­wise said in an in­ter­view, but when an of­ficer gets a half-dozen or so com­plaints, he knows there’s a real prob­lem.

At a meet­ing, 20 people com­plained about Brad­ley and a fam­ily that lived on Kennedy Street. On Sept. 14, the day after that meet­ing, that fam­ily moved out.

“The roaches have scattered,” one neigh­bor said.

Over­wise said some private crim­in­al com­plaints in­volving a wo­man who has not been charged will be heard in Oc­to­ber.

A pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing and ar­raign­ment for Brad­ley are sched­uled for Oct. 9 in the Crim­in­al Justice Cen­ter, 13th and Fil­bert streets.End­Frag­ment 

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