Philadelphia police officer charged with assault and making 'terroristic threats' during a naked fight involving a teenage boy

  • Det. Robert Redanauer was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, and terroristic threats.
  • “This incident involved two victims, both siblings, one of whom was a minor,” the DA told Insider.
  • Redanauer is the 10th Philadelphia police officer to be arrested and criminally charged in 2021.
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A Philadelphia police officer faces criminal charges on accusations of pulling a gun on a teenage boy and threatening to shoot the child’s older brother during a naked argument inside their mother’s bedroom.

A spokesperson for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said the officer, Det. Robert Redanauer, is being charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, possessing and instrument of crime, and terroristic threats.

“This incident involved two victims, both siblings, one of whom was a minor,” the spokesperson, Jane Roh, told Insider. The detective is the 10th member of the Philadelphia Police Department to be charged with a crime this year, she said.

Redanauer turned himself in on Tuesday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, following an Internal Affairs investigation of the incident, which occurred December 27 while the detective was off duty.

According to an arrest affidavit, obtained by the Inquirer, a 23-year-old man heard his little brother arguing with Redanauer in his mother’s bedroom. When he entered the room, Redanauer, who was unclothed, grabbed a semi-automatic handgun from a dresser, pointed it at both siblings, and threatened to pull the trigger.

“Come here f—-r,” Redanauer said, according to the court document. “I am going to shoot you.”

It is not clear what the man’s relationship was to the boys’ mother, who was also in the room, the Inquirer reported, citing a law enforcement source.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said she intends to fire Redanauer, who is currently on a 30-day suspension.

“In order for police officers to effectively do their jobs, it is imperative that they are held to a higher standard – both on and off-duty,” Outlaw said in a statement, describing the accusations as “serious” and “intolerable.”

The case comes amid a highly contested election, with DA Krasner, a defense attorney turned self-styled progressive prosecutor, facing off against Carlos Vega, a prosecutor he fired who is backed by the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police.

Krasner has faced criticism from police amid a surge in homicides during the pandemic. Vega has also been put on the defensive over his role in a murder case against a man who was exonerated by DNA evidence.

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