|Teenager charged in felony assault|
DATE: April 29, 2005
PUBLICATION: Union Leader, The (Manchester, NH)
MANCHESTER -- Police said it took eight staff members and a police officer to subdue an out-of-control resident of the Easter Seals home at 200 Zachary Road, who assaulted a staff member Wednesday evening.
Warren Washington, 18, was arraigned in Manchester District Court yesterday on felony charges of first-degree assault and criminal restraint, as well as eight misdemeanor charges of simple assault and one of resisting arrest.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the arrest, Washington was angry because he wasn't able to use a video game system and punched a wall. He was told to take a "time away" in a separate room and later went to his own room, standing in the doorway.
Unit Supervisor Kelly Ann McGrade said she walked over to Washington and asked if he wanted to talk, now that he was calm.
McGrade told police Washington grabbed her and shoved her into the room, knocking her down. He allegedly shut the door and kicked a walkie-talkie out of her hand, to prevent her from calling for help, and proceeded to punch her in the face, grab her by the throat, get on top of her and punch her several more times.
He then grabbed a stereo system in the room and threw it at her head, before punching her in the face again, police said. Then, McGrade told police, Washington picked her up and spun her around before throwing her against the wall, while she screamed for help and begged him to stop
Washington is 6 feet tall and weighs 240 pounds. McGrade is 5-foot-3 and weighs 110 pounds.
Two staff members, Linda Robinson and Scott Cassin, responded to McGrade's screams and were also punched and shoved by Washington, who also swung a speaker wire with wood attached to it at Cassin, police said.
According to the affidavit, it took eight staff members and the police officer to subdue Washington and put him in handcuffs.
Easter Seals Chief Operating Officer Christine McMahon yesterday said McGrade, Robinson and Cassin were treated at the Elliot Hospital and released.
She said at no time was there any risk to anyone outside the secure Zachary Road residence. She praised the efforts of the staff and the Manchester Police Department, saying, "They were very responsive."
In court yesterday, bail for Washington was set at $50,000 cash/corporate surety. Because no plea can be entered to a felony in District Court, a probable cause hearing was set for May 11. Trial on the nine misdemeanor charges was set for June 28.
McMahon said she expects Washington to be evaluated by medical personnel and that there will be a competence hearing.