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Knife-Wielding Rape Suspect Says the Voices in His Head Were Rather Specific

Posted on | December 20, 2013 | 23 Comments

Criminality and stupidity are not a particularly unusual combination, but it is a mistake to think that criminals are so stupid that they cannot pick up cultural clues. For example, decades of liberal rhetoric about the “rights” of criminals and the depiction of the mentally ill as helpless victims apparently influenced Anthony Washington’s ideas of how to avoid conviction for attempted rape:

“I was currently diagnosed with schizophrenia and I was hearing voices to do bad things … to girls,” said Washington. “To go get, um, sex.” . . .
“[The voices] told me to go over there to the college,” he said. “I followed this girl from um, the trolley station to her college…and I followed her to her class.”
Once that woman went to into a classroom, he said he went to look for another young woman to follow.
He said he went to the large, eastern parking garage and found a girl getting ready to get into a parked car.
Authorities said that’s when Washington accosted her.
“Straddled her and put a knife to her throat,” Washington said.
He said he then forced her to get into her car. He told 10News that he had planned to “rape her” next.

“Hey, I’m not responsible for putting a knife to that girl’s throat, because that’s what the voices in my head told me to do!”

Evidently, the voices in Anthony Washington’s head also told him he should give an interview to the local TV station, because the voices in his head don’t understand that whole “right to remain silent” thing.

His 18-year-old victim testified at a hearing this week:

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Roth alleges that the victim was leaning into her car shortly before 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at the western El Cajon campus when Anthony Jerome Washington Jr., 26, forced her into the vehicle.
The victim, who was only identified as Melissa P., testified about her frightening ordeal in court on Wednesday.
“He just kind of pushed me from my shoulders in and told me to get in the car,” she said.
Roth asked her about the terrifying moments when she came face-to-face with her attacker.
When asked if she saw anything in the defendant’s hands at the time, she responded, “A knife.”
When asked if she saw the knife before or after he pushed her, she answered, “I don’t remember … as soon as I was like on my back, I saw the knife.” . . .
As the woman struggled to free herself, student Javier Partida was driving by in his car looking for a parking space when he saw what was happening.
“Her legs were spread out under him,” he said Wednesday on the witness stand. “I started honking my horn until I got a reaction.”
That reaction was Washington walking away quickly. Partida helped the victim call for police.
Deputies assigned to patrol the college then searched the campus, found a man matching the description of the attacker nearby and took Washington into custody.
When deputies arrested Washington, he had an 8-inch kitchen knife with a 4-inch blade inside his jacket.
After being arrested, Washington allegedly confessed that he had planned to rape the student “and do whatever he had to in order to get his way,” said San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Vic Perry.
Judge Daniel Goldstein ruled that enough evidence was presented at Wednesday’s preliminary hearing for Washington to proceed to trial on Feb. 3.

The voices in my head just told me that Anthony Washington needs to go to prison for a long, long time.


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  • Quartermaster

    I had a snarky response and was about to click post, but couldn’t bring myself do it. If it comes to a battle of voices, I imagine the court would accept his, but not yours Stacy. Hopefully, it will come to a battle of his voices vs the facts and he loses and gets that nice long rest in the crowbar hotel.

  • robertstacymccain

    The voices in my head said: RAAAAACIST!

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  • Quartermaster

    I’m sure that was just the beginning :-)

  • Steve Skubinna

    Sometimes, when I trapped in a conversation I’d rather not be in, I briefly stare off and then yell “Shut UP, voices!”

    Then I look at the other party, smile and say “Sorry about that, but they can be so rude. Now, what were you saying?”

    And the conversation is instantly over. Works every time.

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  • rmnixondeceased

    Just tell them you’re having a mental discussion with me …

  • rmnixondeceased

    I recommend, upon conviction, heat castration via having a Thermite grenade set off in his crotch …

  • K-Bob

    I wish the voices in barack’s head would shut up.

  • Mike B

    “Then the voices told me that I had to save a little money so I could get lunch before I got to the college, so I went for a value meal, but the voices said that the dollar menu was a much better bargain; also, that I should get extra napkins to keep in the car in case they forgot the next time. I wanted the voices to suggest a dessert but they said that dessert just makes you fat and sleepy. Then the voices reminded me to set the DVR for ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ when I got home. Don’t spoil it for me, OK?”