This story has been updated here-UPDATE: Sparks-Wade Details Horrific Night of Fear and Abuse
State of Indiana v. Jamal A. Washington
Case Number 45G03-1902-F5-000054
Court Lake Superior Court, Criminal Division 3
Type F5 – Felony 5
Status 02/01/2019 , Pending (active)
Prosecutor Case Management Number 45-DM53896
Police Agency Number 19G004718
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Defendant Washington, Jamal A.
State Plaintiff State of Indiana
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35-42-3-3(a)/F5:Criminal Confinement Criminal Confinement with bodily injury.
35-42-2-1.3(a)(1)/F6: Domestic Battery Resulting in Moderate Bodily Injury
35-45-2-1(a)(2)/F6: Intimidation where threat is to commit a forcible felony
35-42-2-1.3(a)(1)/F6: Domestic Battery def. has a prior conviction for any sort of battery.
35-42-2-1.3(a)(1)/MA: Domestic Battery
February 1, 2019-Just moments ago, Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter filed five felony charges against former Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington as a result of a domestic violence incident that is alleged to have occurred in the evening hours Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. According to the online docket, Washington faces charges of criminal confinement as a level 5 felony, domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, a level 6 felony, intimidation, a level 6 felony, domestic battery with a prior conviction, a level 6 felony and domestic battery as a misdemeanor.
The Probable Cause Affidavit, which would more fully detail the charges, has not yet been released. The Gazette has been able to obtain details contained in the police report that led to the arrest of former Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington. According to the report. Gary Council Member LaVetta Sparks-Wade telephoned a friend this morning and informed him that Washington had battered her, taken her phone and prevented her from leaving her home during the evening hours of January 29. Based on the report from the friend, police responded to Sparks-Wade’s home with a SWAT unit and several senior Gary Police officials at approximately 7:50 a.m. today. According to the report, Sparks-Wade had a swollen lip when police arrived. This comports with the statement of Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez who stated that there were “signs of injury.”
In two prior cases, the victims alleged that Washington restrained them from leaving and took their cell phones.
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