Man Charged With Felony For Beating 17 Year Old He Caught Raping Kindergartner

Richard Adams (pictured) attacked a 17 year old he caught raping a five-year-old boy and was arrested for assault.

Eastlake, OH – A 20-year-old father-to-be was arrested after he attacked a 17-year-old boy who was molesting his own five-year-old brother.

Eastlake police responded to a call about an assault at a home in the 1400-block of E. 363rd Street on Thursday, WKYC reported.

Richard "Rick" Adams told Blue Lives Matter that he was over at his girlfriend's father's house doing laundry at about 3 p.m. on March 21 when he walked in on a horrific sight.

"I was doing laundry and I walked in on a 17 year old with a five year old's pants down to his ankles, and [the 17 year old] had [the five year old's] genitals in his mouth," Adams said, sounding choked up.

Both the teenager and his five-year-old victim are younger brothers of Adams' girlfriend, he told Blue Lives Matter.

Adams and his girlfriend have their own baby on the way, due in four months.

He said that when he caught the 17-year-old boy with the little boy's penis in his mouth, he just blacked out and started beating him.

"It was just a complete blackout after I walked into the situation," Adams said.

He said he remembered yelling "call the cops" then it's all fuzzy.

Adams said he was triggered by incidents that occurred in his childhood. All he remembered was thinking he needed to get the older boy off the younger boy.

During the beating, Adams posted a video on his Facebook page trying to get the rapist to confess on camera, according to WJW. Facebook later took the video down.

Adams said the goal at the time he filmed the Facebook Live was to shame the boy and teach a lesson to other predators out there "don't be touching kids."

He told Blue Lives Matter that the five-year-old boy told him his older brother had done the same thing to him the night before, and the 17 year old confirmed it.

The five-year-old is now in the protective custody of Child Services while an investigation is conducted, Adams said.

Responding officers booked Adams for felonious assault and arrested the 17-year-old boy for rape.

The 17-year-old remains in custody charged as a juvenile with felony rape and gross sexual imposition.

Members of the community expressed outrage on social media that Adams, who was rescuing the child, had been arrested.

“This headline is BS,” @justtaffy tweeted. “A 17 year old was found actively raping a 5 year old and and [sic] the 20 year old beat the crap out of him. Either there's a lot more to this story or the wrong man is portrayed as the villain in this story. #WhatsUpWithThis.”

#JuryTrial....not a chance he's convicted of assault. @EastlakePolice know an assault charge in this case is STUPID!,” @med146 posted on Twitter.

"Really? You arrest the hero? Man charged with assaulting boy he caught sexually assaulting 5-year-old in Eastlake, @MicheleRoberts9 raged in another tweet.

Adams works for his uncle, Jeff Cook, at his fencing business.

Cook described Adams as “a hard-working kid” who was trying to do the right thing when the altercation occurred.

“I guess everybody would handle the situation differently – it was a lesson learned for him,” Cook told Blue Lives Matter. “What he did - it was a tough situation. Because yeah, the kid was 17 but… he just walked into it and completely blacked out. And he just had stuff from his past as a kid and seeing that brought it back for him and kinda played a big role in the way he reacted.”

Adams is facing charges of second-degree felonious assault, Cook said in a GoFundMe page that he set up to help his nephew with legal fees.

“Ricky without thinking pushed the 17yr old off the 5yr old and beat him pretty bad,” Cook explained on the fundraising page. “Ricky blacked out as flash backs from his childhood were hitting him. He now faces a Felony of the 2nd degree carrying 2-8 years in prison. He needs lake counties best to defend him. Unfortunately his job is seasonal and hasn't returned back to work yet. Only gets enough while laid off to pay needed bills. Anything will help him.”

The GoFundMe had raised more than $3,100 to assist with Adams’ legal defense by early Saturday evening.

Police said the investigation was ongoing and have released no further details about the incident, WKYC reported.

Comments (41)
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Righton17
Righton17

The rapist should have his penis removed without anesthesia and then made to wear it as a souvenir around his neck on a chain.

LynnSB
LynnSB

This is BULL SH*T !! this young man should NOT be Charged -- he SAVED the CHILD"S LIFE !! you make sooooo many damn "DEALS" with the Scum of the Earth but not this young man right -- our Legal system needs an EXTREME OVER HAUL !!

nadkram
nadkram

Should have buried the rapist... no body no crime.

Truthdontlie
Truthdontlie

I tweeted this to various big wigs asking for help I hope they will step in..

Skycop
Skycop

Any prosecutor worth their salt knows that if this went to a jury trial, that this would be a no brainer of not guilty. Wasting the counties money on this is the second travesty.

RugerOneShot
RugerOneShot

What did you expect him to do? This could've easily been anyone.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Good for him! All hero’s don’t wear capes.

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

Wake Up America! This young man was doing the right thing, saving that 5 year old kid and kicking ass on that 17 year old POS! He needs to be commended, not arrested!!!

Truthdontlie
Truthdontlie

Yep suicide by cop...she knew what would happen. She looks like a drug addict probably tired of life. Cops are human I'd shot her too

Woodyt
Woodyt

Their is something fishy about this and more that fishy about the arrest. A citizen who sees a felony in progress has every right to stop it using whatever force is necessary. Their must be more to tell about this story. Every officer i know would have shaken his hand. He would have been better off killing the child molester and claiming seft defense and defending a child. Someone will eventually be in this position again, shoot the molester between the eyes, let God sort it out!

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Dear God. What normal person would not do the same thing that Mr. Adams did after walking in and seeing a 5 year old being molested? I can't help but wonder whose side Mr. Adams girlfriend is going to take since the 5 year old victim and the molester are both her brothers?

Bob480hivolt
Bob480hivolt

This is the communist way!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This guy needs to commended, not convicted!!!

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

SUMFIN's FISHY here!. I've interviewed s number of offenders and it's been hard not to cross the gap and strangle them. I get the anger. I can understand the rage that someone could have if they walked in on the act in progress. I see an issue with someone in a rage pulling out their phone and interrogating someone on FB Live when they're in a rage.

Either way the 17 year old hasn't got the entirety of what the deserves yet.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

It seems there might be some pieces missing from this puzzle.... I'd be curious as to the outcome of these cases.

Rayb
Rayb

Hope they follow thru on this story..let us know the end results..

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe the police officers involved think that Mr. Adams could be lying. Probably best to interview them and get their side since they are effectively being accused of an improper arrest here.

slo1942
slo1942

Sounds fishy IF TRUE !!!!!

Woobie46
Woobie46

I was unable to find the gofundme on the website...

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Sounds like there are some pieces of this puzzle that are missing here. If all is according to Hoyle as the way this is explained here, there would have been no reason to arrest this kid. Something else is going on here.

Macdoctor56
Macdoctor56

People keep saying it sounds like there's pieces missing to the story. I hope the only pieces missing are the rapist balls, pecker and teeth. The only sin that God doesn't forgive is a sin against an innocent child.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

In a case like this, aceess the injuries, take written statements, interview the 5 y/o . I would always remind them that I would charge them with perjury if the gave me a BS sworn statement. If I was satisfied with the statements make your best judgement arrest and let the SA office sort out any additional charges.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Good beating. Knock some sense into that perv. Now, whoever the jury will be, they MUST do the right thing.

HH3
HH3

If the story is full and accurate then put me on the jury. I know where I would put guilt and justified actions!

Jakkob1
Jakkob1

This is where justice is not served. If he had beat that perve to death he should not be charged. All these child rapists should be executed instead of spend a few years in jail to get out and do it again. Many of these people have admitted they cannot be rehabilitated. It is sad how the justice system is so screwed up. This young man should not be in jail for saving a child from a monster.

NickyJ
NickyJ

I am glad he beat the shit out that creep. It’s bullshit that he is in jail. So the 17 SOB likes sucking dick put his sorry ass in general population. There will be of men to choose from

Moktor48
Moktor48

Sad, you could have put a bullet in him here and not been charged.

Ziggy89
Ziggy89

Jury trial

RPG156
RPG156

Eastlake PD = FAIL. In most states, deadly force is justified to prevent a sexual assault in progress. Since its a felony, it will likely go to grand jury for indictment, which is unlikely... especially considering that the rapist attacked the hero and he had to defend himself and the 5 year old with only that amount of force necessary to prevent further felonious assault. Surely, even in Ohio, that will suffice as a reasonable defense.

teecook58
teecook58

I'm sorry but that pervert would have never made it out of that room 17 are not he knew what he was doing to that little boy. Know you have a child scorned for life and a hero being treated as the bad guy it's totally rediclous to make this man pay for a lawyer and go threw the court system to clear his good name.

Dra71
Dra71

Give the man a medal. Thank him for standing up for a defenseless 5year old.

Albert2
Albert2

In AZ its a justified shooting if it's a rape in progress just saying

Albert2
Albert2

And most likely the charges will get shithoused not even sure why they made an in custody arrest long form it send it to the the DA if your unsure and let them be the bad guys and charge it..