CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Houston County authorities arrested a Crockett man for assaulting a public servant after he allegedly threw a full Whataburger cup at a deputy at the courthouse and then resisted arrest because he was "upset" over his brother's ongoing trial Thursday.
Jha-Vante Washington is still being held in the Houston County Jail on third-degree felony assault of a public servant charge and a Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest charge. No information was available on his bail amount.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Houston County Sheriff's Office deputy was providing security inside the district courtroom when he heard a large disturbance outside the courtroom Thursday. When the deputy rushed out of the courtroom to investigate, he found another HCSO deputy, a county attorney investigator, and two Crockett Police officers trying to restrain Jha-Vante Washington.
The deputy and another went to help. Several of the law enforcement officers were ordering Jha-Vante to put his hands behind his back and stop resisting, the affidavit stated. However, Jha-Vante Washington allegedly refused, and the officers were unable to gain control of his hands.
As a result, one of the officers pulled his electric stun device and used it on the back of Jha-Vante Washington's left thigh, the affidavit stated. The law enforcement officers were then able to handcuff the suspect.
An HCSO deputy reviewed the courthouse's surveillance footage. The footage showed Jha-Vante Washington sitting on a bench in the hallway outside the district courtroom with family members on either side of him, the affidavit stated.
"Jha-Vante [Washington] made a quick motion and grabbed a large foam Whataburger cup that was sitting on the arm of the bench," the affidavit stated. "Washington's family members grabbed Washington by the arm, and it appeared they were trying to stop him."
The surveillance camera footage showed Jha-Washington spin around and throw the contents of the cup at a deputy that was sitting about 20 feet away, the affidavit stated. The cup busted, and red fluid spilled all over the deputy.
The deputy that requested the affidavit stated that he believed Jha-Vante Washington "was upset due to the status of his brother's ongoing trial and had intent to strike the officer with the object."
Jha-Vante Washington was taken to the Houston County Jail with any further incident.
Jha-Vante Washington's brother, Zeante Washington was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in the summer of 2014. On Thursday, a Houston County jury sentenced Zeante Washington to 25 years in prison.