According to the police report, the officers, answering a call reporting a "naked male inside the Comfort Inn," were met by two female guests who said they had heard a commotion outside their eighth-floor room. They said they opened the door and saw Street lying naked on the floor and masturbating.
While being taken into custody, Street told officers that they were "making a mistake" because he was the mayor's nephew, investigators said. As Street, who gave an address in the 2000 block of Tioga Street in North Philadelphia, was being processed at the Central Detective Division, investigators learned that he was wanted in connection with a June 26 carjacking in the 100 block of South Broad Street.
The victim in that case told detectives that the carjacker, who was carrying a gun, had a tattoo on his right arm bearing the word Street inside a heart.
Street, who has such a tattoo and who was later identified by the victim as the carjacker, was charged with robbery and weapons offenses, theft, recklessly endangering another person, and simple assault regarding the alleged carjacking.
Street, who was also charged with drug violations and indecent-exposure offenses, had been attending a private party at the Comfort Inn, police said. The hotel's manager could not be reached for comment yesterday evening.
At his initial arraignment, Street was held pending a hearing Thursday at the Criminal Justice Center, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office said. Bail was set at $50,000, and he was transferred to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility last night. He faces a Nov. 1 hearing on the drug-possession and indecent-exposure charges.
In 1990, Street was charged with drunken driving and vehicular homicide after slamming a vehicle into a tree, killing a passenger and injuring two others. According to court records, he had been driving a stolen silver 1986 Honda Accord along Belmont Avenue when it ran off the road. Killed was Norman Wood, 19, of University City.
At the preliminary arraignment and in further court proceedings in that case, Street was represented by his uncle, then-City Councilman John F. Street, who had mentored his nephew over the years.
In 1991, Kevin Street, who had pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol, was sentenced to three to six years in state prison.
In a statement yesterday, Mayor Street said he was "deeply saddened" by his nephew's arrest.
"Kevin has struggled with drug addiction for a very long time," he said. "Unfortunately, his problem has once again brought him into contact with the criminal-justice system. In the past, Kevin has paid the price for his behavior.
"My family and I have tried repeatedly to provide Kevin with rehabilitation services and other support he needs to overcome his addiction. We share the pain of too many families that have been devastated as they watched a loved one battle with the consequences of drug use.
"While I cannot condone his alleged illegal activities," the mayor's statement continued, "Kevin is my nephew, and he is in trouble. I hope and pray that this incident will somehow motivate Kevin to turn his life around."
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