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Multiple Charges Dog Washington

Man charged in Columbia Heights lesbian assault pleads guilty to felony charge in an unrelated case

The man accused of attacking a group of women, at least one of whom identifies as a lesbian, in Columbia Heights in late July has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of receiving stolen property and to assaulting a police officer.

Christian Washington, who along with his brother, Dalonte, faces assault charges for the July 30 incident in Columbia Heights, appeared in D.C. Superior Court Sept. 21 before Judge Robert Richter to plead guilty in a separate case involving a stolen motorbike. He has been scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Nov. 16.

Washington had also been charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle, fleeing a law enforcement officer, destruction of property over $200, reckless driving and not having a permit to operate a motorbike. As a result of today’s plea deal, those charges have been dismissed.

In the Columbia Heights incident, Washington faces charges of bias-related threats to bodily harm and bias-related simple assault against one of five women who he and his brother had allegedly harassed and aggressively flirted with as the group walked to the Columbia Heights Metro Station. According to charging documents, Christian Washington verbally threatened and physically attacked one woman who told him that she and her friends were not interested because they were lesbians. In that case, the Washington brothers have been scheduled for bench trials on Nov. 7.

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com

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