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Police: Philly man, high, exposes self at bank

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • A Philadelphia man visting his daughter in the York area allegedly exposed himself at a bank Thursday.
  • Richard Rhodes, 48, is accused of exposing himself at a Citizen's Bank while he was high.
  • He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

A Philadelphia man, allegedly high on crack, is accused of exposing himself in a Springettsbury Township bank Thursday, according to police.

Richard Rhodes, 48, is charged with indecent exposure, open lewdness, drug possession, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to charging documents.

Police say Rhodes was visiting his daughter in the York area, purchased and used cocaine and was feeling so good that he "wanted sex" at the bank.

Allegations: Springettsbury Township Police were called to the Citizen's Bank at 2990 E. Market St. at about noon Thursday for a report of a disorderly subject, documents state. Police were told by 911 that a man, later identified as Rhodes, was inside the bank, and appeared to be on narcotics, police said. The man was taking his clothes off, according to police.

When police arrived, Rhodes placed his hands behind his back without incident, documents state. Before officers could ask Rhodes any questions, he asked them to pick up his crack pipe, which was found near where he was standing, police said.

Witnesses said Rhodes went into the bank and asked for money, but was told he needed ID for that, which he did not have, court documents said.

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According to a witness, Rhodes then walked around the bank smoking something out of a glass pipe, police allege.

Police say Rhodes then went to the lobby of the bank and began taking his shirt off.

"He started raising his hands in the air saying 'I want sex,'" the officer wrote in charging documents.

Rhodes then started dancing in circles and removed his pants, exposing his genitals, police said. He then laid on the floor and grabbed his backside, documents state.

Speaking with officers, according to police, Rhodes told them he was in the area to visit his daughter, and he withdrew $4,000 from another Citizen's Bank, which he used to buy crack cocaine.

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He said he went to the Citizen's Bank on East Market Street to get more money for drugs, according to court documents. Rhodes told authorities that while there, he smoked the crack and was feeling so good that he wanted sex, documents state.

Rhodes was arraigned on the charges Thursday night and remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 23 at District Judge Barry L. Bloss Jr.'s office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.