Fairmont man charged with 3 felonies

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County.

Denetrius Demar Washington, 42, has been charged with possession of ammunition after having been previously convicted of a crime of violence, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

He also has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.

Washington also faces a charge of making threats of violence, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On Feb. 29, Fairmont police officers responded to a complaint of a large disturbance at which a firearm was brandished. As officers arrived at the scene, they observed two males and a female. Another male, identified as Washington, was recognized as being a person who was the subject of a prior firearms-related call at the residence.

An officer asked Washington where the rifle was and if it was an Airsoft gun. Washington nodded his head yes. Washington acknowledged he was the one who had the firearm.

While speaking to individuals outside the residence, officers observed a vehicle coming down the street that had been associated with the altercation. A Martin County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle. Two people were inside.

Washington said the two individuals had pulled up to the residence and threatened his friend.

Washington denied pointing a rifle at the two in the vehicle, and said the BB gun was taken by a friend of his.

The first individual said he got into an argument about 40 minutes earlier with Washington’s friend. Later, when driving by, he said Washington stepped out into the street and stood in front of the vehicle and pointed a black rifle at him.

Washington said he had given the gun to a friend to put in Washington’s storage unit at another location.

Washington was placed under arrest Before he was transported to jail, Washington said he would escort officers to his storage locker and give them access. Upon arrival at the storage locker, Washington was read his rights and agreed to answer questions without an attorney present.

Inside the locker, the officer discovered a rifle case containing a black Bushmaster pellet gun, along with an Airsoft handgun and a large knife. There were nine rounds of live ammunition, which were Winchester cartridges in the .270 caliber.

Washington was transferred to the Martin County Law Enforcement Center where he was interviewed. Washington denied having any knowledge about the ammunition.

A check on Washington’s criminal history showed he was convicted of a domestic assault in Iowa in 2016, which makes him ineligible to possess a firearm or ammunition.


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