Man shot during incident with St. Paul police charged with criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping

Joseph Javonte Washington Photo: Ramsey County Jail. Joseph Javonte Washington

Updated: December 02, 2020 08:07 PM
Created: December 02, 2020 12:56 PM

An Apple Valley man who was injured after being shot during an incident with St. Paul police faces multiple charges in connection to events leading up to the shooting.

A criminal complaint states 31-year-old Joseph Javonte Washington has been charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and second-degree assault. 

According to the complaint, the victim told police that she had returned to her Lakeville home on Saturday evening to find Washington, who she knew, inside her home. 

The victim told police Washington began using her phone, and when she asked for it back, he punched her in the face. 

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The complaint says Washington then took the victim into the restroom of the home, where he forced her to perform sexual acts. 

According to the complaint, during the assault, Washington used the victim's cell phone to record her and live stream the video to social media accounts. 

Washington then forced the victim into a vehicle and forced her to start driving. The complaint said Washington told her to not stop for any red lights and threatened to stab her if she crashed the vehicle. Washington also held a knife to the victim's throat during the incident. 

The vehicle eventually crashed near the intersection of Rice Street and Maryland Avenue West in St. Paul. 

Washington then fled on foot and the victim was able to flag down a passing motorist for help. 

Washington was later found in a dumpster by officers that had been searching the area. 

According to the city of St. Paul, at some point, Washington climbed out of the dumpster and ran toward officers, who then deployed Tasers and a K-9 in an effort to stop him. Another then shot at Washington, striking him twice, according to the city.

The BCA identified the officer who fired the weapon as Anthony Dean. 

Tuesday, it was announced that Dean is in the process of being fired by the St. Paul Police Department. 

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