Judge Issues Bench Warrants for 3 Defendants

A DC Superior Court judge issued bench warrants for three defendants who did not show up to their Aug. 11 court hearings.

Jason Washington is charged with robbery, second-degree burglary and second-degree theft. 

Washington, 28, was released on GPS monitoring on April 2. He received notices of noncompliance on May 29, July 20 and July 28. 

He failed to appear to court on July 30. Judge Patricia Broderick granted defense attorney Adam Hunter’s request for more time to contact his client.

However, Hunter has been unable to get in touch with Washington since then.

Washington allegedly stole $10 worth of food and water from a 7-11 on the 4400 block of Benning Road, NE on Dec. 21, 2019. He also allegedly punched the cashier who confronted him about it.

According to court documents, the defendant returned to the store on Jan. 20. An employee attempted to lock him out of the store when he was spotted in the parking lot. However, Washington allegedly threw an unknown object at the window, shattering it. He allegedly entered the store and stole an estimated $30 worth of sandwiches, sodas and juice bottles.

He also allegedly stole $20 worth of food and drink items from the same store on Feb. 24.

On Feb. 19, Richard Hart pleaded guilty to bail violation for failing to appear to his court hearing for an attempted threats case on Oct. 25, 2019. 

Hart, 46, was sentenced to 90 days, all of which were suspended, plus one year of probation.

During the Aug. 11 hearing, a Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) officer said that Hart has been not been compliant since his release.

On Oct. 1, 2019, Delonte Mack pleaded guilty to bail violation and GPS tampering.

He was sentenced to 120 days, 90 of which were suspended, plus nine months of probation. 

On Aug. 11, a CSOSA officer said the defendant has been a loss of contact and noncompliant with GPS monitoring. 

Defense attorney John Machado requested additional time to try and contact his client.

Judge Robert Okun said if Machado gets in contact with the defendant, he may voluntarily walk-in to court and address the warrant.