Victim dragged from car at 80 MPH after bag theft

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Startling details from an alleged bag theft are emerging as police in Orchard Park search for one of two people who allegedly injured a theft victim.

Police there say on April 2 two people met up for a drug deal which went wrong. One of the men during the transaction allegedly stole the bag of the other man, and attempted to run away with it.

Joshua Kessel, 19, is accused of taking the bag of a 21-year-old victim, who latched onto the strap of the bag. Police say while he was hanging on, Kessel got into a vehicle driven by a currently unknown driver. Police say the two sped off, but the victim was still clinging to his bag.

The 21-year-old was rushed to the hospital after he suffered a variety of wounds. Police say the vehicle sped up rapidly and dragged the victim at speeds of about 80 miles per hour, which forced the victim to let go.

Police charged Kessel with second degree robbery, second degree assault, first degree reckless endangerment, fourth degree criminal mischief, second degree harassment, disorderly conduct and petit larceny.

Kessel turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued. Police continue to search for the driver of the vehicle. Anybody with information is asked to call police at (716) 662-6475. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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