August 14, 2007
Monday, we learned Nathan Antonio Washington was in custody, charged with two rapes linked to the 10-year serial rapist investigation.
One day later, Washington’s wife is speaking out to us, defending her husband.
“I know deep down in my heart and my soul he's not that person. I will stand by him, I trust in him,” she said.
She's said it all started Monday morning around 1AM with a knock at their door.
“I didn't even know they took him. They came barging in the house with guns out telling me to hold my hands up in the air,” she recalls.
The last thing she heard was her husband calling her name and the next thing she knew she struggling to comprehend what happened.
Tony Washington had been charged with two sexual assaults and police say he's a suspect in several other rapes, linked to the Charlottesville serial rapist.
“I cried all day yesterday; I have no more tears right now. I'm angry. I just want my husband home. My children want their daddy, they ask for him every second of the day.”
Married almost nine years or just about as long as police have been searching for the serial rapist, Nathan Antonio Washington’s wife says her husband can’t be the man police are looking for.
“My husband is a kind person. He is a hard worker. I love him tremendously. He wouldn't hurt anybody. He would actually give the shirt off his back to help somebody,” she said.
The couple has four children, ages three to 12. She showed us a photo of Tony the night he took their daughter to a father/daughter dance.
“He is a family man. He takes care of us. He works two jobs so that we can make ends meet to take care of our children.”
According to Mrs. Washington, Tony has never been gone for unexplained periods of time.
“That's all he does is work and come home.”
She said he’s never done anything suspicious. She said if he had done this, she would have known.
“There would have to be something weird and there's not. What you see is what you get of Tony Washington.”
That's why she believes police have arrested the wrong man.
“I want the public to know do not judge him by what you see on TV because he is not that person,” she said. “To hear he is linked with this and no one is telling me why or given me any form of information, it’s stressful. I'm a nervous wreck. I'm sad, my heart aches.”
And her heart aches for her children who want to know why police took their daddy away.
“They love their dad. They want their dad,” she said.