Arrest warrant issued for State Rep. who threatened Gaul & Co. Rockledge staff in February

State Rep. Kevin Boyle, whose recorded outburst at Rockledge’s Gaul & Co. Malt House in February included threats to “hit female employees”, has been issued an arrest warrant by Philadelphia police.

Boyle, 44, a Democrat seeking an eighth term in next week’s primary election, allegedly violated a protection from abuse order, The Inquirer said. He was previously arrested and charged with harassment in September 2021 after showing up at his ex-wife’s house, violating a protection-from-abuse order she previously filed against him.

More recently, a video on social media shows Boyle, 44, yelling at Gaul & Co. staffers and telling them he’ll “end this bar.”

NBC10 shared the following footage:

House Democratic leaders said at the time that their colleague was seeking help.

His older brother, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D., Pa.), said the arrest is due to a mental health condition that has been “a nightmare for me and our family.”

“Kevin’s family, close friends, and several colleagues have done everything possible to get him to enter into treatment, but we have been frustrated by a system that gives little power to the loved ones of an adult with a serious mental health condition,” Brendan Boyle said.

Kevin Boyle is on the ballot, but without the support of the Democratic Party. House Democrats put $72,000 into the campaign of Boyle’s challenger, Sean Dougherty, The Inquirer said. Boyle’s security access to the state Capitol was revoked after that February incident, and he was stripped of his role as committee chair.

Boyle has represented the Northeast Philadelphia House district since 2011.

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