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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Naked face gnawer released from hospital

  • A man who allegedly gnawed a woman's head while screaming like an animal last week has been released from a hospital and is now in jail.
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  • — A man who allegedly gnawed a woman's head while screaming like an animal last week has been released from a hospital and is now in jail.
    Richard Ciminio, Jr., of Doylestown, was released Monday from Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. He was then transported back to Wayne County by the Pennsylvania State Police where he was arraigned and placed under $100,000 bond. Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said a court date for Ciminio will be scheduled in the near future.
    Ciminio faces multiple charges following a bizarre incident on Sept. 7 on Hudson Street in Hawley. Police said sometime between 4:30 and 5:15 a.m., he drove his vehicle off the road and behind a residence on Hudson Street.
    Ciminio then exited the vehicle and stripped off all of his clothing, except his underwear, and then attempted to break in a residence.
    The resident was awakened by the noise and eventually drove Ciminio off the propoerty. The man then took off his underwear and continued down Hudson Street.
    After breaking into an empty house, he jumped out of a window, causing severe injuries.
    He then approached two women walking down the road, tackling one of them, causing injury and also covering her in his blood. Police said he then began to gnaw at her head and scream like an animal.
    Both females were able to escape and contact police. When officials arrived, they found Ciminio lying in the road covered in blood and "displaying delusional and confrontational behavior."
    At one point, he attempted to lunge at a state trooper and was then tazered by another. While being treated, he punched an EMT in the face, causing minor injuries.
    Some reports have said Ciminio may have been using bath salts at the time of the incident but that has not been confirmed.
    He is charged with aggravated assault and burglary.
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