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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  •  Accused attacker arraigned

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  • Managing Editor
     The man accused of attacking a woman on Hudson Street Friday morning, Sept. 7, has been arraigned and jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail. Richard Francis Cimino Jr. had been at Community Medical Center in Scranton for treatment and evaluation following the burglaries and attack over a week ago. He was brought before District Judge Jane Farrell in Waymart Sunday afternoon Sept. 16 for arraignment. Bail was set at $100,000, which was not posted. No defense attorney had yet been assigned. Cimino, who is 20 years old and from Doylestown, is set to appear for a Central Court hearing Sept. 26 at the Wayne County Courthouse. At that point the Defense will determine if he will waive his right to a preliminary hearing. If one is not waived, a hearing would be set before District Judge Bonnie Carney in Hawley to decide if the charges are warranted. A toxicology report from CMC has not been made available as public record at this point. District Attorney Janine Edwards said that the State Police likely would obtain it and have it ready in time for a preliminary hearing. The defendant is charged with two felony counts each of Aggravated Assault and Burglary, and counts of Criminal Trespass, Simple Assault, Indecent Exposure and Criminal Mischief. He is accused of breaking into two homes on Hudson Street, and the assault of a woman who was walking on Hudson Street with another woman, and also for an assault on a medical worker. Cimino was described as naked and bloody from injuries sustained in one of the break-ins, when he approached the two women. State Police used a tazer to bring him under control.
     

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