A lawsuit against a man accused of randomly stabbing a woman at a local Walmart is on hold while questions about his mental abilities are considered.
Jerod Koty, 30, faces six charges in last year’s attack. Two felonies of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor of simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and harassment.
Springetsbury Township Police slashed the woman’s back with a folding knife on the afternoon of September 3 at 2801 E. Market Street Walmart while Coty, of unknown address, was in line in front of her. claimed to have stabbed him. .
When police arrived at the store, investigators said they found Coty already on the ground with his hands on his head. A knife was found nearby and a witness identified him, according to the criminal complaint.
Police said the victim was believed to have suffered serious injuries.
Coty was detained and interviewed, according to the complaint. He told investigators that he decided to randomly stab people so he could be arrested and sent back to York County Jail.
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The incident appears to have happened the day after he was released from YCP from another case. He pleaded guilty to summary trespass in his district court on Sept. 2, according to court documents.
In the stabbing case, Coty left district court and appeared in a common plea court in November.
A hearing was then held on Jan. 17, and his attorney, Diana Spurlin, noted that a petition was filed earlier this month to determine Coty’s mental capacity to stand trial. .
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She said, with the judge’s approval, the legal proceedings will be stopped while the competence evaluation is ongoing.
Judge Harry Ness showed that the document was signed.
No hearing is scheduled for this case while the proceedings are suspended.
— Contact Amy Ambrose (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter (@aimee_TYD).