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Angry Young Man Gets 4.5 to 9 years for Wawa Knife Attacks

January 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Megan Hunsicker, 215.348.6437, mahunsicker@buckscounty.org

A 22-year-old man who has struggled with anger issues since childhood was sentenced Monday to serve four and a half to nine years in state prison for knifing two men outside a Bristol Township Wawa store.

Arthur Troy of Levittown said in Bucks County Common Pleas Court that he “just acted out of rage” when he pulled a knife and slashed at two men who were trying to protect a woman whom Troy was berating near the gas pumps.

Injured in the June 8 incident were Gary O’Neal, 74, who suffered a minor cut to his hand; and Michael Siegel, 48, who underwent five hours of surgery to treat severed tendons and arteries in his hand.

Assistant District Attorney Megan Hunsicker told Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. that Siegel, a railroad conductor, has been unable to return to work and undergoes physical therapy three times per week.

Calling it a “serious case” that has had “immeasurable” impact on Siegel, Bateman accepted a negotiated plea agreement in which Troy pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and other offenses.

In addition to the prison sentence, Bateman placed Troy on a concurrent nine years of probation, ordered him to pay $68,118.43 in restitution to Siegel for his medical expenses and told him to have no contact with either victim. He ordered Troy to undergo a mental health evaluation in prison and to receive anger management treatment.

Troy, a construction worker, told Bateman that he has struggled with anger issues “since I was little,” has spent time in several mental health institutions and is taking psychiatric medication.

The violence occurred shortly before noon outside the Wawa at Route 13 and Green Lane in Bristol Township. The store manager told police that Troy became enraged when he confronted him and ordered Troy to stop charging his cell phone on a store outlet.

While the manager called police, Troy began cursing and threatening employees and customers in the parking lot. When a woman at the gas pumps, who had two small children with her, asked Troy to curb his language, he accosted her and told her to “mind your (expletive) business.”

O’Neal and Siegel then went to the woman’s assistance. Troy pulled out a knife, prompting Siegel to punch him. Troy then lunged at both men with the knife, cutting both of them before fleeing and throwing the weapon into a nearby canal.

Both victims were present for the hearing, Hunsicker said, but chose not to address the court.

Approved for release by Gregg Shore, Chief of Staff.

Arthur Troy

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