Case against man charged in LA synagogue ramming attack suspended
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Case against man charged in LA synagogue ramming attack suspended

Court examining mental health of Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, who is accused of attempting to run over Jewish men leaving services

This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Mohamed Abdi Mohamed. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Mohamed Abdi Mohamed. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)

LOS ANGELES — Officials say criminal proceedings against a Seattle man accused of trying to run over two Jewish men outside a Los Angeles synagogue have been suspended amid questions about his mental competency.

The Los Angeles Times on Friday cited records that show Mohamed Abdi Mohamed was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2015.

The newspaper said the 32-year-old has been treated at mental health facilities in Washington state twice in recent years.

His family said he did not have a history of anti-Semitism.

This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Mohamed Abdi Mohamed. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)

Prosecutors said a mental competency hearing is scheduled December 14. Mohamed is charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say he yelled anti-Semitic remarks at two men exiting Congregation Bais Yehuda on November 23, made a U-turn and drove at the pair, who were on a sidewalk.

Nobody was hurt.

He was arrested after crashing into another car in the largely Jewish Wilshire-area.

“Why he chose us? Probably because of the yarmulkes on our heads,” one of the victims told CBS.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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