An update on this recent post: California: Somali Muslim Tries to Run Down Jews Outside Hancock Park Synagogue (VIDEO).
Another well-vetted refugee? Who lets these people into our country? Source: Criminal case against suspect in L.A. synagogue attack delayed after questions about his mental health – Los Angeles Times
Criminal proceedings against a Seattle man accused of trying to run over two Jewish men outside a Los Angeles synagogue have been suspended amid questions about his mental competency, officials said.
During a bail review hearing Friday morning, public defender David Canas questioned whether 32-year-old Mohamed Abdi Mohamed was competent to stand trial for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
A mental competency hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 14, according to Paul Eakins, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Canas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mohamed was arrested Nov. 23 after police say he shouted anti-Semitic slurs toward a crowd of worshippers exiting Congregation Bais Yeshuda in Hancock Park. Investigators said Mohamed tried to run down two men with his car before speeding away and crashing.
He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
A motion passed by the Los Angeles City Council asking the police department for a report on hate crimes should help shed light on the rise in hate-related incidents, including a recent incident when a Seattle resident allegedly tried to run over two men outside a synagogue, a staff member of a city councilman said Thursday.
“We unfortunately had a hate crime here in our district, and there’s been an increase in hate crimes around the country, so I think we wanted to find out what the updated numbers were and then get the department’s take on what we’re doing about the issue and work with us on more ways to help on this issue,” Jeff Ebenstein, policy director for City Councilman Paul Koretz, told City News Service.
Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, 32, is expected to undergo an evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial on two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon — a vehicle — and a hate crime allegation stemming from an alleged confrontation near La Brea and Oakwood Avenues on Nov. 23
LAPD Chief Michel Moore said two men had just left a synagogue in the 300 block of La Brea Avenue and were walking toward Oakwood Avenue when Mohamed allegedly tried to run them over. He was arrested by Los Angeles police that night.
“He’s yelling out hateful remarks regarding Jewish heritage and regarding these people of faith,” the police chief said. “They watch him as he then turns his vehicle directly at them.”
If convicted as charged, Mohamed could face up to eight years and eight months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
h/t Frontpage who notes, ‘“Mental illness” is the new Get Out of Jail Free card.’ At least for Muslims.