Suspect in LA synagogue attack found competent for trial
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a Seattle man accused of trying to run over two Jewish men outside a Los Angeles synagogue has been found competent to stand trial.
Investigators say Mohamed Abdi Mohamed yelled anti-Semitic remarks at the pair on Nov. 23, made a U-turn and drove at the men, who were on a sidewalk. Nobody was hurt.
A public defender had questioned whether Mohamed was mentally fit for trial. The Los Angeles Times says the 32-year-old was found competent during a hearing Friday.
The newspaper previously reported that Mohamed was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2015.
He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon, with hate crime allegations. Mohamed’s due in court again Monday to schedule a preliminary hearing.
Mohamed was arrested after crashing into another car in the largely Jewish Wilshire-area.