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.
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.