Judge Sets Date for Defendant’s Preliminary Hearing

A DC Superior Court judge scheduled a hearing for a defendant charged with robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon. 

Eldred Watts, 26, allegedly jumped a man on the 3800 block of Minnesota Avenue, NE on Jan. 30. The victim flagged down a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer.

Judge Julie Becker scheduled the hearing for Aug. 6, during which the court will decide if the case has enough evidence to move forward.

According to court documents, the MPD published a video of the crime across social media platforms in an effort to get the public’s help identifying the suspect. On Feb. 1, an anonymous caller contacted the MPD and identified Watts.

On Feb. 1, the MPD recovered a firearm from Watts. After comparing the recovered gun to the still images of the gun used in the assault, the MPD determined that the gun was the same. An arrest warrant was then issued for Watts’ arrest.

Watts was held at DC Jail on April 25. He was denied a request to be released based on medical conditions on May 20. Watts is still being held in the jail.

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