Accused Rapist Released By Judge Dies While Throwing Explosives At Cops

Holly Matkin

Curtis Fish barricaded himself inside his home and fired "explosive devices" at police, according to investigators.

Hilltown, PA – An accused rapist who was released from jail to help protect him from COVID-19 launched explosive fireworks at police during a standoff that ended after his home went up in flames.

Curtis Fish, 48, allegedly kidnapped a woman on New Year’s Day and held her captive inside his home, where he proceeded to rape, strangle, and beat her, KYW reported.

The victim, who was beaten so severely that her eyes nearly swelled shut, managed to escape out a window and ran to a neighbor’s home to call 911, according to The Morning Call.

When police found her, she was bleeding from her mouth and told them that Fish had “busted up her face” after strangling her with an electrical wire, KYW reported.

She had bite marks on her hands and bruises on her thighs, and said she had lost consciousness at one point during the attack.

“I was over at Curtis’ and he freaked out on me,” she told investigators, according to court documents. “He held me down and choked me and did everything possible he could do.”

The woman told police that she and Fish were acquaintances, and that he had assaulted her on one other occasion in the past, KYW reported.

When police responded to Fish’s home in the 2000-block of Hilltown Pike, he initially refused to cooperate and barricaded himself inside, police said.

The nine-hour standoff ended the following morning, and Fish was arrested on charges including kidnapping and rape, KYW reported.

His bond was initially set at $850,000.

Fish was later released on bail, but wound up back in jail again in March after he failed to show up for a scheduled court hearing, according to WCAU.

That’s when his attorney, Lou Busico, pushed for the accused rapist to be released in order to protect him from the novel coronavirus.

“One of the factors, one of the arguments, including that the gentleman had no criminal history, Curtis had longstanding ties to Bucks County,” Busico told WCAU. “He was a business owner. His immediate family was here, never convicted nor arrested for a crime on his life, and on top of that you have this COVID-19 situation.”

Busico lamented that Fish “could’ve languished in there for God knows how long,” according to The Morning Call.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub argued that Fish had proven he was too dangerous and violent to be released from jail, regardless of the pandemic, WCAU reported.

In the end, Buck County Common Pleas Judge Raymond McHugh allowed Fish to be released from jail onto electronic monitoring on April 2.

On Tuesday, local tavern owner Mike Mrozonski heard someone banging and making loud noises outside his bar, which was closed at the time, WCAU reported.

He went outside and made contact with Fish, who lived next door to the business.

Mrozonski said that he and Fish used to be friends, and that he has known him for 16 years, WCAU reported.

“He was trying to break the window,” Mrozonski explained. “We exchanged words. He used vulgar language and was very aggressive. I went back inside to get my cell phone and call 911.”

The suspect ran back towards his house when police arrived.

The officer managed to tase him, but Fish was able to make it inside his home, leading to yet another standoff, WCAU reported.

While barricaded inside his home, the suspect launched explosive fireworks at the officers who surrounded his residence.

“The subject was, at one point, throwing explosive devices from the house,” Hilltown Police Chief Christopher Englehart told WFMZ.

The home eventually ignited and went up in flames, WCAU reported.

“Fireworks outside and fireworks inside,” Mrozonski told WPVI. “I believe that’s what lit the house on fire.”

Once the blaze was extinguished, first responders entered the residence and found Fish dead inside, WCAU reported.

An autopsy revealed that Fish died of accidental smoke inhalation, according to The Morning Call.

No officers were injured during the fiery standoff.

“He shouldn’t have been let loose,” Mrozonski told WPVI. “This is what happens. Whatever he was doing at the time he went right back to it.”

Weintraub said that Fish’s final act of violence was the exact reason why he argued against his release.

“We opposed his release uniformly and consistently every step of the way,” the prosecutor said, according to WCAU. “We consider this man to be violent, to be dangerous, and he clearly proved that…We would never agree to release a man like Mr. Fish.”

Although Fish’s defense attorney cited the pandemic as a reason for his release from jail, Buck County prison system spokesperson Larry King said that Fish was not one of the inmates who was approved for early release due to COVID-19, WCAU reported.

Comments (36)
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JMc
JMc

win win?

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

Karma!!! You gotta love it. One more piece of trash taken out!!

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

See, justice isn't blind to all the idiots

Blueknight47
Blueknight47

Less taxpayers expenses.
I hope his defense attorney is impressed!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The home eventually ignited and went up in flames,

No officers were injured during the fiery standoff.

Darwin Award winner.

Video of just about everything here:

Marxest
Marxest

An EXPLOSIVE incident. I don't know what to say. He clearly did himself in. The officers tried to bring him in, but he had to play fireball. Oh well.

ProudLEOwife
ProudLEOwife

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire - we don’t need no water let the...

Frank R
Frank R

I love a happy ending.

vwiles34
vwiles34

The guy went out with a BANG...

SWAT
SWAT

Justice was served!

Justice4us
Justice4us

How is it these judges are not held responsible for this? They need to be removed immediately.

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

I’m glad he is dead. He will burn in hell for what he did to the lady.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Karma's a bitch. Oh well!👍🤣

John Q Public
John Q Public

Violent criminals should not be released on bond. The good citizen argument is only valid in a non-violent crime. It is time to organize and elect law and order judges

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

That defense attorney has a pretty dim definition of a gentleman.....he must be a gem himself !

bryantrent
bryantrent

Glad he is dead SOB

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

Get rid of the judge

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

Where are all the racist loser trolls usually spewing their hate on this site?!?!? As usual, tucked in mama’s basement because this doesn’t fit their hate agenda.....

Jason942-
Jason942-

Sometimes there needs to be some sort of punishment for judges who release dangerous people back into society.

LAW169
LAW169

Who holds these bleeding heart judges accountable for their reckless decisions?

spitfirexiiv
spitfirexiiv

The judge has his crimes and blood on his hands!

Zcamaro
Zcamaro

Yes these no count rotten liberal judges or something else these days.💩💩👺

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Hahaha haha haha haha haha the only problem with this happy ending is he didn’t get to experience what he did to that women with a big black 14” cock in prison

MamaD79
MamaD79

AWESOME! One less stealing air maggot!!! Glad no Officers were injured too!👍👍🇺🇸

BrevardMarc27
BrevardMarc27

Can you imagine the untold money that scum bag saved the taxpayers of Bucks County, Pennsylvania? What a beautiful ending.

Schick56
Schick56

DEAD IDIOT, 😂😂😂

impeachdeeznuts
impeachdeeznuts

Wait... he was a business owner? Immediate family and ties to the community? No criminal history, never arrested before in his life? What the hell happened??

There must be more to this story! This article is an epic tease...

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

No flag on the play, and No appeals! Justice was served in the end!

Louise S
Louise S

Give one person like their filthy governor power over every citizen and see what happens. Total chaos. The people should've never allowed this.

spd522
spd522

Too bad the attorney and judge weren't in the house with him.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Who writes these stories. He was released on New Year’s Day? That doesn’t make sense

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Good ending. One less varmint I have to fund with my taxes for the rest of his miserable life.


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