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Accused bank robber ruled mentally competent

November 16, 2017 GMT

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a man accused of stealing $800 from a Harlingen Bank of America branch is mentally competent to stand trial, court documents show.

Authorities arrested Adrian Paul Ross, 34, on May 26 in Three Rivers after police suspected him of robbing the bank and fleeing on foot through an alleyway in downtown Harlingen.

A federal grand jury indicted Ross on charges of bank robbery on Sept. 5.

Later that month, Ross’ defense attorney filed an unopposed motion for a psychiatric evaluation after learning that Ross has a history of various mental illnesses that includes schizophrenia, bipolar, PTSD and depression, court documents show. Ross had been receiving treatment for three years at Tropical Texas, according to the motion.

After the court found Ross competent, he entered a plea of not guilty and is being held without bond pending trial, which is scheduled for early January, court documents show.