An Ohio man is facing assault charges after he attacked a teenage boy allegedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy, police say.
Authorities said they were called to a home in Eastlake, Ohio, on Thursday, March 21 for reports of an assault, according to WKYC3.
After officers arrived at the scene and investigated the incident, they arrested 20-year-old Richard Adams for assaulting the 17-year-old. Adams was charged with felony assault.
It’s not illegal to use extreme force to stop a forcible felony – so why this?? Man arrested after walking in on alleged sexual assault of child in Eastlake | https://t.co/5dQzExIvgv https://t.co/hJ39pGZw1D
— Philip Holloway (@PhilHollowayEsq) March 23, 2019
According to reports, Adams walked into a room in the home and found the teen sexually assaulting the 5-year-old boy. Adams attacked the teen, making him stop. Later, both Adams and the teen were arrested.
The 17-year-old is being charged with rape, local outlets reported.
The Eastlake Police posted a brief statement about the incident on their Facebook page, writing:
“On March 21, 2019, Eastlake Police responded to the area of E. 363th Street for a report of an assault. Officers arrived and after an investigation arrested Richard Adams, 20, of Painesville. He was charged with Felonious Assault. The victim was 17 years old. As this investigation is ongoing, no further details will be released at this time.”
On March 21, 2019, Eastlake Police responded to the area of E. 363th Street for a report of an assault. Officers arrived…
Several people have commented on the post, with many calling Adams a hero.
“This guy is a HERO!” one person wrote.
Another person commented, “HE’S A HERO!!!! HOW CAN U ARREST HIM!!!!! SET HIM FREE!!!!”
“Guy should be given a medal by the city,” another person wrote.
Others commented about the details of police protocol.
“If the story plays out the way it’s told then I think this kid acted on a natural instinct. Unfortunately it is a protocol for the cops to arrest when there’s been assault, hence they were both arrested,” one person wrote. “If the story plays out though I’m pretty sure though either lower the charger drop it anybody that would walk in on something like that is going to do something if not they’re just too sick.”
The man is accused of walking in on a teen molesting a 5-year-old boy, then he assaulted the teen. https://t.co/AY50isKVkQ
— 10News WTSP (@10NewsWTSP) March 23, 2019
Another commented, “Cops have facts and evidence we don’t. Eastlake does a good job of protecting and serving. The job of a police officer is to collect evidence and turn it over to a prosecutor to make a decision in a case like this. It is up to the court to weigh the facts of the case. More to this story..support the police.”
“He committed a crime, his mug shot is public record and Facebook is a public forum. Regardless of how morally justifiable his actions were what he did was a crime and the police have a job to do. I believe I read on here that they released him on a personal bond, that means he did not have to pay any money to bond out,” another person wrote.
An Ohio man is facing felony assault charges after police say he walked in on a 17-year-old molesting a 5-year-old boy, then assaulted the teen. https://t.co/95FouZWnpZ
— NBC4 Columbus (@nbc4i) March 23, 2019
He added, “The department basically took him into custody, booked him and released him without a monetary bond amount. That is at the discretion of the officer/department and they didn’t have to do that but given the circumstances I see why they did. He’ll have his day in court and given the circumstances, the charges will most likely amended or possibly dropped.
“Everyone on here is acting like they were there and know exactly what happened because someone on here thinks they know what happened. Let the detectives do their job and if he in deed was doing that to this 5 year old he’ll be punished and held accountable. It’s not this 20 year olds job to take the law into his own hands regardless if the creep deserved it or not. If he in deed walked into this guy molesting a 5 year old then that action in itself would have stopped the crime but he acted like a vigilante and now will have to deal with that,” the commenter continued.
A police report says 20-year-old Richard Adams walked in on a 17-year-old who was molesting a 5-year-old boy and assaulted the teen.
He is now facing felonious assault charges, while the teen is charged with rape. https://t.co/saSeVGbVdx
— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) March 23, 2019
Adams’s uncle created a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for his attorney fees. It already raised more than $3,000 at the time of this publication. Several people who donated also called him a hero.
“Thank you for your actions. You do not deserve any time! You’re a hero,” one person wrote, adding a heart emoji at the end.
Another commented, “You saved that little boy and was his angel that day! I commend you for your actions. Praying for you.”
“If it was my son you defended I’d pay all of your legal fees. I hope you get everything you need. You’re a hero in my book!” another wrote. “Never hesitate to defend or turn your back on the defenseless. If there were more people in this world like you, it just might be a little bit safer.”
Please even if you can’t donate, please share! #FreeRicky
— Bri ???? (@Brianna_Adams_) March 23, 2019