WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man Police Chief Ralph Evangelous dubbed one of Wilmington’s worst offenders is back behind bars.
Rashawn Hines, 19, was arrested last night for a felony probation violation.
Earlier this month, Evangelous criticized a visiting judge for letting Hines go on a probation violation Hines told us was bogus.
“A visiting judge dropped the ball and released one of our worst offenders back onto the streets,” Evangelous said during a news conference Aug. 8.
A few days later, we asked Hines in an ONLY ON 3 interview what he thought of the chief’s statements.
“They let me go. They get on TV saying I’m the worst criminal, the day I got out I was shooting. I was in here in the bed,” Hines said.
Less than two weeks later, Hines is back in jail. This time it’s for another felony probation violation.
According to court documents, Hines violated the terms of his probation when he was convicted Wednesday of resisting an officer.
Hines agreed to do a jailhouse interview with us, but when we arrived, he refused, saying there was nothing more to talk about.
His mother spoke on his behalf instead.
She says since his release from jail, her son had been staying out of trouble and attending school every day working toward his GED.
“He told us he was trying to change, you know? But what can he do?” Fredericka Hines said.
She says the whole reason he pleaded guilty is because his lawyer quit the day before his court date, and he did not have the time or money to get a new attorney.
“So he went in there to ask for a motion. The judge didn’t want to give him a motion,” Fredericka Hines said. “He said that case was going to be tried today. He wanted to hear it today. It had to be tried. So it was either find your lawyer right then out there in the courthouse, or you’re going to take care of it yourself.”
Fredericka Hines says her son did not feel he would be treated fairly.
“So he just went on and took the guilty plea, even though he didn’t feel he was guilty, but he just felt that he wasn’t going to have a fair trial, so that’s why he took a guilty plea,” she said.
Hines is in the New Hanover County Jail under $500,000 bond. He is due back in court Monday.
“The recent arrest of Rashawn Hines is the result of a combined effort with the Wilmington Police Department, the New Hanover County Courts and our local probation office,” Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement to WWAY. “We are committed to removing repeat offenders from our streets who fail to obey the law.”