ST. PAUL — Before a St. Paul police officer shot and wounded a man, the 31-year-old livestreamed himself sexually assaulting a former girlfriend and threatening to kill her, according to criminal charges.
Police searched for Joseph Javonte Washington, of Apple Valley, on Saturday after he forced the woman to drive to St. Paul and caused the vehicle to crash, said the criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Dakota County District Court.
Officers discovered Washington hiding in a dumpster in an alley in the area of Rice Street and Magnolia Avenue on that night. Police tried to talk him into coming out and used Pepperball, which is similar to pepper spray.
When Washington climbed out and ran toward officers, they “deployed Tasers and a K9 in an effort to stop him, and one officer shot the man, who was struck at least twice,” police said in a statement early Sunday.
Police Chief Todd Axtell said Tuesday, as he released body-camera footage, that the man was naked and unarmed at the time. A law enforcement source says Axtell terminated the officer.
Charges: Attack began in Lakeville
The Dakota County Attorney’s Office charged Washington, who remained hospitalized Wednesday, with five felonies.
A woman reported to Lakeville police on Saturday that her daughter called her from an ambulance on the way to the hospital and told her mother that Washington attacked her, according to the criminal complaint. They had dated on-and-off for two years.
Officers talked to the woman at the hospital and she reported she returned to her Lakeville residence on Saturday night and found Washington inside. They started talking and Washington began using her phone without her permission, according to the complaint.
When she asked for her phone back, Washington punched her in the face and she fell to the ground, hitting her head on a television stand, the complaint said. He punched her again and dragged her by her hair to the bathroom, where he demanded she perform a sex act on him.
The woman tried to leave the bathroom, but he slammed the door, according to the complaint, and pulled a knife and threatened to stab and kill her. She recognized the knife as being one from her own kitchen set.
Washington forcibly removed her diabetic pump and forced her to perform a sex act on him, while repeatedly punching her and telling her “she was going to die tonight,” the complaint said.
During the sexual assault, he used the woman’s cellphone to livestream video on her Facebook and Snapchat accounts, according to the complaint. She received multiple text messages from friends, telling her about the broadcast.
Police received copies of the videos, during which Washington can be heard threatening to kill the woman and she can be heard crying, according to the complaint. She had a visible injury to her eye in the video.
Faces 5 felony counts
Washington eventually pulled the woman out of the bathroom by her hair, took two knives from the kitchen and dragged her into the garage, according to the complaint. He demanded the woman get in her car and start driving, telling her to speed and not stop for red lights. He threatened to stab her if she crashed and punched her every time she tried to slow down, the complaint said.
Washington had a knife at her throat at times while she drove and eventually grabbed the steering wheel, the complaint said, causing a crash at Maryland Avenue and Rice Street in St. Paul.
He ran and the woman was initially unable to get out of the car because her door was stuck, but when she could get out she flagged down a motorist for help.
Police searched the woman’s apartment and found knives on the floor and evidence of an altercation in the living room. There were blood droplets in the living room, near the bathroom and in the bathroom.
Washington is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct causing fear of great bodily harm, first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a dangerous weapon, first-degree criminal sexual conduct causing personal injury, kidnapping and second-degree assault.
An attorney for Washington wasn’t listed in the court record.
Minnesota court records show that Washington pleaded guilty to violating an order for protection and interfering with a 911 call in separate cases in 2017, burglary in 2009 and 2017 cases, possessing a gun by an ineligible person due to a conviction for a crime of violence in 2010 and fleeing a peace officer in 2009.
In the 2017 burglary, Washington was accused of breaking into the residence of his estranged wife, who had filed for divorce and had an order for protection against him.
She grabbed her two small children, saying she was fearful of what Washington would do to her, and climbed out a window, according to the criminal complaint. With her younger child on her hip, Washington “forcefully grabbed/held” her as she tried to escape, the complaint said.