Judge won’t Modify Release Conditions for Stabbing Defendant

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A stabbing defendant waived his right to a preliminary hearing but didn’t get modified release conditions before DC Superior Court Judge Eric Glover on June 10.

Sebastian Fonseca-Gomez, 25, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for his alleged involvement in a stabbing, which occurred on the intersection of 7th Street and A Street, NE on May 15. One individual sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the incident. 

According to court documents, Fonseca-Gomez followed the victim on his bike while she was walking a dog. After following the victim for a few blocks and taunting her, he allegedly pepper sprayed the victim and stabbed her in the buttocks area.   

During the hearing, John Machado, Fonseca-Gomez’s defense attorney, alerted Judge Glover of the defendant’s plan to waive his right to a preliminary hearing, and requested Fonseca-Gomez be taken off an ankle monitor because he works in maintenance for Capital Bikeshare. Machado said it is “impossible” for Fonseca-Gomez to ride his bike while wearing an ankle monitor. 

Judge Glover denied the request to change the release conditions. 

Parties are set to reconvene in front of DC Superior Court Judge Robert Salerno on June 21. 

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