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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Dtown1 September 13, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Patch watcher: My sentiments exactly, although much better said than I. I heard it said that there isn't a family in America that doesn't have a relitive that suffers from mental illness, depression, or addiction. Treating them as we would treat someone with any illness helps them,and potentially innocent victims like this woman.
Antttt September 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM
@Mike Linder you are right about the mushrooms he was definitely not on them. He was actually on bath salts! i know this is true because a family member of his has told me.
BadVoodoo September 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Duck face poses are a crime.
BadVoodoo September 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Sounds like a Walker.
Denise September 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM
What are the taxpayers going to pay for a plastic surgeon. You have got to be kidding me.
Dtown1 September 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Could it be because his family couldafford it or because he has insurance?
lovelife September 14, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Exactly, Dtown1, no one or family is immune!
karen September 14, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Dont be delusional. Dont blame this on a mental disorder! How ignorant can people be. No wonder people with mental illnesses are treated so bad. Clearly it is a substance that is making these people act this way! Considering this type of incident has only jist started to frequently occur
Amysax September 14, 2012 at 09:16 AM
@Mary alice- bath salts are the same of a drug, not actual bath salts that you buy at the store and put in your bath. While I've heard stories of people attempting to use those as drugs, those ate not the ones these stories are about, just FYI
Cunny Funts September 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM
@Denise - what part of this story mentions that the family doesnt have heathcare insurance or that the taxpayers would have to foot his bill?
Mary Alice Brancato September 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Amysax I know bath salts aren't the ones you put in the bath. I fought very hard to have them banned in Warminster last year and removed from all stores in the township. I believe the story says the toxicology has not come back yet. I was simply stating his behavior mimics someone who has taken bath salts. I wouldn't know if he took them or not. Many young adults have used bath salts as an alternative to street drugs and ended up with horrific results and behavior.
Rmhoneebee September 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Skip the plastic surgery. Let me be reminded of what he did every time he looks at his 'deformity'.
Katieann September 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM
What is wrong with people today? The affects of taking drugs is well documented and nothing good ever comes from doing so. I am so tired of the victim status of every drug user on the planet. Take your drugs, but have your family lock you up in a room so the only person you hurt is yourself. Why must you take your problems out on everyone else ?
Jennifer Kate Rowse September 14, 2012 at 02:26 PM
He was gnawing on a woman's head! I have no sympathy for someone who knowingly took a drug that causes erratic, psychotic behavior. It has been well documented that this drug is extremely dangerous. If any of you sympathisers were the victim how would you feel? Please spare your concern for people who deserve it. If he is from Doylestown, then there are others making the same decisions. How would you like it if some Zombied up freak broke into your home and chewed on someone in your family, then was given plastic surgery to mend the wounds he received in the rampage. Disgusting.
S123456 September 14, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Jennifer, I agree! I really can't stand reading posts where people actually have sympathy for a person who behaves like this. I only have sympathy for the victim, the woman in this case. The effects of drugs are not unknown and people who take them are often doing it as a means of escaping reality and their problems or just for fun. No one forced this guy to take drugs (whatever kind he took), he decided himself to do drugs and this was the result for him and he should have to pay for it.
S123456 September 14, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Exactly! I think that blaming this on a mental disorder is a joke. Mental disorders have existed for decades upon decades and yet we are just hearing about horriffic stories like these now in the past year. Mental disorders are not to blame for this, it's the individuals poor choice in extra curricular activities that are to blame.
Jane September 14, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I thought the same thing, and I am glad someone else noticed that. I don't know whether gender plays a role, given the way society tends to value women based on sexual purity and the extent of victim-blaming of rape victims (even children), or whether it's something else. But the difference is astounding. My hope is that some people read the kinds of comments that were posted about the female murder victim, and rethought their own actions for the future. That's what I am going to choose to believe.
Brando Monium September 14, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Dear Patchwatcher, I am both eager and curious to see what sort of statistics you have of such hardcore drug addicted current or former eagle scouts that break into homes, jump out of 2nd story windows and attempt to gnawl off faces of the innocent. While I would prefer humans be more selective with their recreational activities, I would certainly sleep better at night knowing more of these detrimental nightmares to society are Eagle Scouts. I figure this would be kind of handy after having my body utterly decimated, I at least know they are super awesome at improvising tourniquets from common household items. (Sidenote: Do they have a merit badge for that? If so I want one! My status as a former cub scout better still honorable) While I hope Ricky gets help and someday lives a life as a decent multi-cellular organism close to the confines of civilized society, forgive me if in the meantime I do not feel bad for him. Even Charlie Sheen at his worst wouldn't consider such described activities as 'winning' If this doesn’t fit the definition of loser than I would certainly like to know what does.
HONEST MOM September 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Kar24 September 15, 2012 at 04:49 AM
This story scares me to the core of my being and every member of our society needs to be alerted to these synthetic drugs. For those of you making judgmental comments about this young man, just remember..there but for the grace of god..go all of us. Never look down your nose at one's pain. This family is going through hell, and one day it may just be yours. My heart goes out to all those involved in this senseless tragedy.
Putnamehere September 15, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Lol you people are ridiculous, where does it say drugs
Putnamehere September 15, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The rumour mill starts running at high speed again, why don't you wait for an official report befor you start spreading your propaganda.
Brando Monium September 15, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Putnamehere... Please elaborate on your assertion that people in here are spreading '"propaganda." I am impatiently waiting for your intelligently spell checked response
zombie apocalypse September 16, 2012 at 05:38 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/06/designer-drugs-the-zombie-apocalypse-and-you/ who knows.
Russ September 17, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Bath salts will not show in a toxicology report. There are so many chemical compunds in bath salts that are constantly changing by their manufacturers to keep them from showing up in drug screening. They dont have a test for bath salts. Most doctors confirmed in the Miami case that the psycho was on bath salts or something similar, even though it didnt show anything on the tox. report.
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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