ONLY ON 3: Wilmington’s ‘worst offender’ speaks out about chief’s statements

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is speaking out just days after Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said he was the city’s worst offender on the streets.

At a news conference last week about the progress of a cease fire on gun violence, Evangelous singled out Rashawn Hines as one of the most dangerous men on the streets of Wilmington. But Hines and his family tell us that’s simply not true.

Hines, 18, is no stranger to the law. After spending a little over a year at the Dobbs Youth Development Center for robbery and other charge, Hines was released. But last month he once again found himself behind bars. This time for a probation violation that he says is bogus.

“They lock me up for a bogus charge for a probation violation,” Hines said. “I go to court. I beat it.”

He says his probation officer was changed without his knowledge, so when he missed a meeting with his new probation officer, he was arrested. But he was released from jail after a judge ruled Hines did not violate his probation.

Just days later, Chief Evangelous said this about his release.

“A visiting judge dropped the ball and released one of our worst offenders back onto the streets,” Evangelous said.

Evangelous also said now that Hines is out of jail, shootings have started up again.

“They let me go. They get on TV saying I’m the worst criminal, the day I got out I was shooting,” Hines said. “I was in here, in the bed.”

Hines says it was impossible for him to have been involved in the recent shooting, because he was with his family at the time, and he says he doesn’t even own a gun.

“The things they say I’m doing, I have nothing to do with,” Hines said.

Hines says at one point he was involved in a gang, but now he says he’s turned his act around and his mother says she wants police to stop harassing them.

“You’re making it look like my child killed somebody or he’s in a mob, mafia or something,” Fredericka Hines said. “He’s just doing this type of terrorist stuff. That aggravates me, because that’s my child for one, yes, you’re talking about.”

Hines’s parents say their son is not perfect, but they say he does not deserve to be treated like this.

Rashawn’s mother says if he does something wrong, he will face the consequences, but she says police need to base accusations on fact, not hearsay.

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