Police say Emmanuel Paulino was high on party drug during brutal attack

Last updated: November 19. 2013 11:50PM - 26134 Views
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Emmanuel Paulino is led by state police troopers to his arraignment Tuesday before District Judge James Dixon in Hazle Township on rape and related charges.
Emmanuel Paulino is led by state police troopers to his arraignment Tuesday before District Judge James Dixon in Hazle Township on rape and related charges.
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HAZLE TWP. — Police say a man high on the party drug Molly allegedly raped a woman and physically abused her, causing serious internal injuries.
 
State police in Hazleton on Tuesday arrested Emmanuel Paulino, 29, of North 4th Street, West Hazleton, after they were dispatched to an apartment at on West 24th Street just after 4:30 a.m.
 
According to arrest papers:
 
Troopers found a woman lying in a fetal position on the floor of the apartment bleeding profusely from her torso. They also encountered Paulino.
 
The victim told an emergency medical technician called to the scene that Paulino inserted a closed fist into her. She indicated she did not want this to happen, and that Paulino had pulled something out of her, court papers state.
 
The Times Leader does not identify victims of sexual assault.
 
The victim was transported to Hazleton General Hospital and flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Trooper Chris Bonin told District Judge James Dixon during Paulino's arraignment that the victim was undergoing surgery.
 
County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said later Tuesday night that the woman had survived the surgery.
 
Before her surgery, the victim told police that she and Paulino were going to engage in consensual sex, when Paulino “freaked out,” grabbed her by the neck and started choking her. While still choking her, he inserted his fist into her anus. She indicated she was screaming through the assault and told Paulino to “get out,” but the attack did not stop until one of her minor children walked into the bedroom after the child heard her screaming, court papers state.
 
Paulino was detained for questioning. While in preparation for transport to state police barracks, Paulino allegedly headbutted Trooper Michael Foux, striking him in the nose and causing a contusion.
 
In a subsequent interview with police, Paulino said he put his hand inside the victim “and pulled something out. I pulled out something sticky that stuck to my hand,” according to court papers.
 
Bonin told Dixon that a search warrant was secured and that forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross identified the tissue as stomach tissue.
 
In court papers, police also said Paulino admitted to taking six of the drug known as Molly.
 
According to the website drugfree.org, Molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, the chemical used in Ecstasy, and has been a popular drug at music festivals this year.
 
Molly, short for molecule, is considered to be pure MDMA, unlike Ecstasy, which generally is laced with other ingredients, such as caffeine or methamphetamine. It also comes in pill form.
 
The drug has gained popularity recently. Miley Cyrus and some other singers have been criticized for glorifying it in some of their songs and statements.
 
Paulino was charged with one count each of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and simple assault, and two counts each of aggravated assault, indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault.
 
While walking to Dixon's courtroom, Paulino said he wasn't worried because Jesus is on his side.
 
Dixon told Paulino that “after hearing remarks from the trooper and also looking at the charges, I believe you may pose a danger to our community” and set his bail at $250,000. He set Paulino's preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27.
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