Court docs: Man, 52, raped woman in her home, set fire that sent 3 officers to hospital

Court docs: Man, 52, raped woman in her home, set fire that sent 3 officers to hospital
Johnny Richardson (Photo: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Johnny Richardson (Photo: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A 52-year-old man is scheduled to face a judge Monday on charges he raped a woman in her home and then set it on fire, sending three police officers with smoke inhalation to a hospital.

Johnny Richardson is set to appear at 9 a.m. in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

He was booked into the county jail about midnight on one count each of rape and abduction and three counts of aggravated arson, jail officials said.

According to court records, Richardson entered the victim's home in the 2400 block of Aquarius Drive on Sunday, forced her onto her bed and committed the alleged sex crime.

The victim was able to escape and call 911.

Police also wrote in a criminal complaint that Richardson set fire to the residence, "causing injury to first responders."

Three police officers - two from Colerain Township and one with Springfield Township - were treated for minor smoke inhalation.

The two Colerain Township officers responded to a report of a sex assault at the home about 9 p.m. according to a prepared statement from township police and fire departments.

The officers were talking with the victim when they noticed smoke coming from a locked bedroom, where the suspect was reportedly hiding. They gained access to the room and subdued Richardson and arrested him, according to the statement.

Colerain Township firefighters arrived and found heavy fire coming from the rear of the structure and through the roof.  They were able to extinguish it with the assistance of fire crews from Springfield Township, Mt. Healthy and North College Hill fire departments.

The officers were taken to Mercy West Hospital in Green Township.

The Springfield Township officer was treated and released, according to a prepared statement from Colerain Township police and fire officials.

The two Colerain Township officers were still being treated, at least check.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Damage was set at $30,000 to $40,000.

FOX19 NOW will update this story as it develops.

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