Sanchez trial begins today
The trial of a Washington man facing five counts of first-degree robbery began today in Washington County Court.
Johnatan Sanchez, 20, of Washington, is facing five counts of first-degree robbery, each a Class B felony that could bring up to 25 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine. The charges stem from an alleged robbery that happened on March 9. Additionally he faces charges of probation violation on second-degree theft, assault willful injury and assault, and assault causing injury.
Sanchez also faces one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class D felony, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Accor-ding to court records, on Saturday, March 9, at about 3 a.m. Sanchez allegedly threatened five people with a double-barreled shotgun and robbed them. The records say that Sanchez was at a residence at 410 E. Madison St. in Washington and that several subjects were at the residence. The report says that Sanchez grabbed the shotgun from the corner of the living room and pointed it at five different subjects. It was reported that he pointed the gun at their heads and chests. The report also said that all the victims feared for their lives.
The record alleges Sanchez ordered the subjects to empty their pockets and that he removed all the cash from the subjects’ property, then returned the property to them. The report said that he stole about $270 cash and some marijuana from the victims.
The report also said that Sanchez admitted to being at the party and knowing about the shotgun. He said that he had handled it and had taken it apart once, but denied pointing it at the victims. According to the report, eight people witnessed Sanchez robbing the victims.
Members of the City of Washington and Washington County SWAT teams raided the residence at 410 East Madison and a residence at 414 East Second Street, which is the listed address Sanchez was living at. Sanchez was found hiding inside the residence at 410 East Madison Street. A shotgun matching the witnesses’ description was found leaning in the corner of the living room, as the witnesses described.
A search of Iowa Courts Online shows that Sanchez has 17 prior arrests. He was convicted on Sept. 1, 2012, of fifth-degree theft; on Oct. 17, 2011, of second-degree theft; on Feb. 17, 2011, of assault causing injury; on Oct. 25, 2010, of possession of drug paraphernalia; and on Feb. 17, 2011, of fifth-degree theft.