Former Hero Cop Arrested for Holding Hostage & Raping 2 Women

Richard DeCoatsworth

Is it just me or has this been a particularly awful month in terms of horror stories about women being kidnapped, killed or forced to do depraved things against their will? Last thing we need is another one, but of course, we got it. A former Philadelphia police officer has been arrested for date raping -- possibly at gunpoint -- two 20-year-old women he met at a party. Richard DeCoatsworth, 27, was arrested and charged with rape, sexual assault, terroristic threats and related offenses after the two victims reported him to police.

Here's how the sordid string of events went down:

DeCoatsworth was apparently at a party Thursday night where he met two women -- one of them he may or may not have already known. The three left and went to some location where DeCoatsworth is accused of forcing the women to use narcotics and engage in sexual acts, according to police. He may have even threatened them with a handgun -- though that's unclear at this point -- but makes sense if you consider the "terroristic threats" charges he's facing.

This is a dude was hailed a hero after getting shot in the face by a suspect, but still managed to chase him down and catch him despite his bullet wound. This is a dude who was honored by Sen. Joe Biden for his heroism and got to meet and sit next to Michelle Obama in 2009. This is a dude who is obviously pretty messed up.

After the facial gunshot incident that shot him to local fame, DeCoatsworth was involved in a few sketchy types of incidents where gunfire was involved, and started to become the suspect of numerous complaints. He retired from the force in 2011 on disability from his original injuries, which now seems like a good move, considering the recent chain of events.

We still need to hear DeCoatsworth's side of the story. He's not guilty of anything yet. But if all that police are claiming is in fact true, this is not a guy you want out on the streets "protecting" women and children. Just a guy who needs to be behind bars -- former cop or no.

Check out footage of DeCoatsworth with Michelle Obama below:


Image via TECHMOTO88/YouTube

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tuffy... tuffymama

Told you. Cops are all degenerates. There is no such thing as a good cop. None.

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

There are many, many good police officers.  They just don't make the news.  Obviously, if what this man is accused of is true, it is horrific, but it is also seen as much worse because of his profession.  The same goes for teachers and other people in positions to help.  I come from a family of cops, and I can assure you that none of them are degenerates.  It is absurd to think they are all bad.

Henry Thoreau

Just another day in Obamaland.

Cel7777 Cel7777

Tuffy, I agree with you completely.

Chanandler, there are probably plenty of cops who started out with great intentions. The problem is, when you become a part of--and definitely if you progress up the ranks in--an organization that is systemically criminal, you will almost certainly become a criminal yourself. The criminal justice system in the U.S is corrupt and criminal, and the police are it's enforcers. Cops have too little education, too much power, and generally some kind of chip on their shoulders as well.

To say a member of a criminal organization (and PD's everywhere are criminal organizations, don't fool yourself) is not a criminal is absurd, and akin to me claiming I'm a member of the Bloods or Crips or any other group of domestic terrorists, yet I'M not a criminal. Nopers, It doesn't work that way.


craft... craftycatVT

My husband was a cop for a number of years and he certainly isn't a degenerate and neither were most of the people he worked with. In my experience, most people who don't like cops feel that way because they tend to have run-ins with cops due to the fact they don't know how to handle themselves.

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

Cel7777,  I know it's easy to be cynical about our justice system.  And certainly the system itself is not without flaws. And certainly, we are all entitled to our opinions, and I can respect that yours differs from mine.  It just saddens me that people are so hardened that they have to generalize and hate any people group.  I have seen firsthand the stress and anguish that the blatant disrespect of "cop haters" have put on police officers.  I have seen firsthand how hard it is to enforce laws, to see the lowest of our society prey on children, to deal with injustice day in and day out, as police officers do.  It is a difficult job.  It is a thankless job.  And specific to this article, I have seen how those police officers that do heinous acts hurts all the good ones.  There are good people everywhere, in every profession, including law enforcement. 

nonmember avatar Dani9

Not all cops are bad. No, Cell7777 it is not true that some start off good and go bad. I speak from experience. My dad is a police officer in San Antonio and has seen some bad things. He remains a fair, level-headed police officer and individual. Don't put people in a group where they don't belong just because you think it may be true.

Mariah Hildebrand

He was shot in the head and traumatic brain injuries can cause personality changes.

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

He was  shot in the face. Buck shot sprayed his chin. It wouldn't cause brain damage. If he did this, he's a predator, no excuses.

adopt... adoption2013

There are many good cops.  This man has not been convicted at this time.  The cops have to lay charges and set out the story that the victim has told in the synopsis.  A synopsis and charges does not mean that the victim is believed.  Policy dictates that charges are laid with any sex assault or domestic violence allegation.  He may have done this or maybe the women making the allegation are liars.  Cops make enemies.  If he's arrested the wrong person then this could have been set up easily.  For that matter the women could be friends who cooked the story up.  You don't want you believe that it happens but I've seen it in five of my cases in the past four years.  If he did it he needs to be punished, but you don't know that he is guilty yet.  This is a prime example of why it should be illegal to publish the name of someone until they have been convicted.  This isn't news it's a witch hunt.

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