Naked Doylestown Man Arrested After Gnawing on Woman’s Head

A 20-year-old Doylestown man has been arrested in northern Pennsylvania after stripping naked, jumping out a window and attacking a woman walking nearby.


Naked, screaming and bloody from jumping out a second-story window, a Doylestown man has been arrested in northern Pennsylvania after attacking a woman and “gnawing on her head,” according to state police there.

Richard Cimino Jr., 20, of Doylestown is in custody and faces multiple charges in connection to the attack, which Pennsylvania State Police said occurred Friday.

The bizarre attack happened in the borough of Hawley in Wayne County in northern Pennsylvania.

State Trooper David Aulisio told Doylestown Patch Wednesday night that the incident happened between 4:30 and 5:15 a.m. on Hudson Street in the tiny town, which is home to about 1,200 people.

Aulisio said it started when Cimino drove his car off the road behind some houses on Hudson Street.

He then got out of the car and stripped off his clothes, leaving on just his underwear.

He headed toward a nearby home where police said he tried to break into 634 Hudson St. The man who lives there woke up to hear the suspect pushing on the doorknob, police said. The homeowner yelled at the suspect to get away from his house.

At first, Cimino refused to leave, Aulisio said Wednesday. Then, he turned and fled northwest, up Hudson Street.

Cimino stopped about 900 feet away, at a house at 521 Hudson St. He stripped off his underwear on the way, police said. The naked man then broke into the home, which was vacant, and made his way up to the second floor, Aulisio said.

An image from Google maps shows a home near that address as an older, two-story, white home with green trim. It sits nearly flush with Hudson Street, with a short sidewalk and hard-packed earth between the front stoop and the road.

Once upstairs, Cimino jumped out the second-story window, “severely injuring his arms and extremities,” Aulisio said.

Now bleeding heavily, the suspect crossed through the home’s garage and headed back toward the street, where he encountered two women walking nearby, Aulisio said.

Cimino tackled one of the women to the ground, covering her in his blood, the trooper said. Then, he began to “gnaw at (her) head, screaming like an animal,” Aulisio said.

The women managed to get away and ran to call the police.

The borough of Hawley has a part-time police department, and state police troopers based out of Honesdale cover the borough during their off hours, Aulisio said.

The two responding troopers, Cunningham and Pritchyk, found Cimino lying in the road, bloody and severely injured.

Yet he still resisted, displaying “delusional behavior” and lunging at the troopers as they approached him, Aulisio said. Trooper Cunningham fired a taser at the suspect to subdue him, police said.

Yet he still resisted. Once an ambulance arrived to treat him, police said he punched one of the first responders in the face, causing a “minor injury.”

Once the suspect was subdued, he was taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center, in nearby Scranton, police said.

Aulisio said Cimino is expected to be transferred to a hospital in the Philadelphia area to have plastic surgery to repair some of his injuries.

According to thetimes-tribune.com of Scranton, Cimino now faces a multitude of charges from burglary to indecent exposure to aggravated assault.

Aulisio said toxicology tests still are pending.


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Russ September 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Ill throw down $100.00 that he was on drugs. You want to take that bet?
lvnnbuckingham September 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Well stated. Thank you.
ATC September 20, 2012 at 07:03 PM
As a nurse, we often see the effect of bath salts. Young people do not understand the serious mind altering side effect of bath salts. We protect the patient from themselves due to the strength that they possess while on the drug. I hope that his young man can turn this horrific event into something good. Teaching others about bath salts from his own experience would be a good outcome. He can save lives through his example. Sorry that some of the comments posted are from those who have no empathy for others. I am sure that the women who were assaulted we're traumatized, but they actually helped to save his life. Glad that they are ok. Give this young many your understanding and compassion. May he move past this and learn from it. Glad that he is recovering and I am sure that he is scared and has no memory of the event. If I could speak to him, I would encourage him to stay strong,move forward and make your life matter.
Alex October 09, 2012 at 10:44 PM
the miami attack was like 4 months ago. i think its a little too late for there to be copycats.
kaitlin has October 13, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Guys this is a case of the rage virus. There have been numerous accounts of people doing similar things. Acting animalistic and carnivorous towrds other humans. Even the CDC has a post on its website that lists what to do in a zombie apocalypse. Im not saying this is what it is but its a possibility. If the CDC has protocols then who's to say that its not upon us.


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