Man ordered to trial in alleged attack on Jewish men in LA

April 4, 2019 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

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The Los Angeles Times reports Mohamed’s family provided the newspaper medical records showing he suffered from schizophrenia.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/