Chester County Man, 23, Charged With Murder, Attempted Rape of Grandmother

Police say Kevin Havelow was angry, in part, with his mother and grandmother for not letting him smoke marijuana in the house. He allegedly confessed.

A Chester County man — angry in part that his mother and grandmother would not let him smoke pot in the house — allegedly sexually assaulted his mother and grandmother, then stabbed his 81-year-old grandmom to death.

Tom Hogan, Chester County district attorney, and the Pennsylvania State Police’s Avondale barracks today announced the arrest of 23-year-old Kevin Havelow. He is charged with the murder of his grandmother and the attempted rape of both his mother and grandmother, as well as related offenses.

“This was a brutal attack,” Hogan said. “The family is traumatized. The Pennsylvania State Police did an outstanding job responding to a remarkably volatile situation.”

The horrific crimes took place yesterday morning in Upper Oxford, according to police. Havelow returned to the home he shared with his grandmother, mother and sister with a friend at about 1 a.m. The mom said his friend could not spend the night, and that she would no longer let him bring over friends she didn’t want at the house.

Cops say Havelow had been smoking weed in his mother’s car before getting to the house, and that he was upset at his parents for “preventing him from having a normal social life, including having a regular girlfriend and smoking marijuana in the house.” He then attacked his mother and sexually assaulted her, according to police, before his mother was able to fight her way free and hide in a powder room. His sister, who was present, called 911.

Havelow then went to the kitchen, according to police, and grabbed a variety of knives. He then allegedly sexually assaulted his grandmother, then stabbed 81-year-old Aleen Waters — who used a walker to get around — 20 times in the stomach, chest and head. Police then arrived and took Havelow into custody. They attempted to save Waters, but she died at the scene.

“We are grateful that the quick response stopped the defendant’s actions before anyone else was injured or killed,” State Police Lt. Jeremy Richard said.

Police say the defendant confessed to murdering his grandmother and attempting to rape both his mother and grandmother.

“Every homicide is disturbing,” Hogan said. “But a homicide of an elderly person within a family is particularly troubling. We are all grateful for the swift response of law enforcement and the cooperation of the family to address this matter quickly, thoroughly and justly.”

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