Suspect in Hancock Park Hate Crime Researched NYC Attack, Ordered to Stand Trial
A man accused of trying to run down two Jewish men outside a Los Angeles synagogue last year has been ordered to stand trial.
Superior Court Judge Deborah S. Brazil ruled after a 90-minute hearing Wednesday that Mohamed Abdi Mohamed will be tried on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with hate crime allegations.
Police Detective Easley De Larkin testified at the hearing that shortly before the incident Mohamed searched online for information about a 2017 attack in which a vehicle killed eight people in New York City.
The 33-year-old Seattle man is accused of driving toward the men outside Congregation Bais Yehuda in November. He’s pleaded not guilty.
The Los Angeles Times reports Mohamed’s family provided the newspaper medical records showing he suffered from schizophrenia.