UPDATE: Boca-area man who approached home with rifle faces new charges


7:30 a.m. Thursday UPDATE: A surburban Boca Raton man is facing new charges after he walked up to his neighbor’s home last week carrying an assault rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest, according to an arrest report.

Court records show that Kevin Joseph Flaherty was charged Tuesday by the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office with armed trespassing, possession of a bulletproof vest while committing a felony and open carrying of weapons. 

Flaherty, 49, is already facing three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Flaherty remains in a Delray Beach mental-health center where is under court-ordered evaluation and could not attend a bond appearance scheduled for Thursday.

In his absence, Judge Dina Keever-Agrama ruled that Flaherty be held without bond.

Court records show that Asta Flaherty, Kevin Flaherty’s wife, was granted a restraining order against her husband on Sept. 7. A hearing is set for Sept. 20 to extend the order.

Kevin Flaherty allegedly threatened to kill his wife and child with a firearm on Sept. 2, three days before he walked to his neighbor’s home with the rifle, according to a police report. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office chose not to arrest Flaherty after that incident.

ORIGINAL STORY: A suburban Boca Raton man will receive a mental-health evaluation after he walked up to a house in his neighborhood carrying an assault rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday arrested Kevin Flaherty, 49, after receiving calls about the incident late Wednesday. He is facing 3 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

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Circuit Judge Ted S. Booras on Friday declined to set bail for Flaherty. Court records show do not show any prior arrests in Palm Beach County.

Bail will be considered after Flaherty receives his mental-health evaluation.

According to an arrest report made public Friday, a resident of the Pheasant Walk neighborhood called the sheriff’s office just before 11 p.m. Wednesday to report seeing Flaherty outside a home in the community, off Military Trail north of Clint Moore Road.

Flaherty was carrying the rifle, the caller said. A video-surveillance camera in the neighborhood also captured footage of Flaherty walking and holding the firearm while he rings a neighbor’s doorbell.

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The female resident hid inside a bathroom with her two children while Flaherty stood outside her front door, the report said. The woman called 911 but could only be heard by a dispatcher “screaming and crying” before the phone went dead, the report said.

The incident followed a visit by deputies to Flaherty’s home Sunday after he was accused of threatening his wife and daughter with a firearm, an area resident said. The case was documented by PBSO, but no arrest was made.

At Friday’s bail hearing, Booras also ordered Flaherty to stay at least 200 feet away from the home, to have no contact with its residence, and not to possess weapons.

Flaherty appeared to be under the influence of alcohol when deputies took him into custody at a nearby business, deputies noted in their report. 

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