Criminal proceedings have been halted against a man accused of
viciously attempting to rape a woman in a dark San Mateo Caltrain station
stairwell last October until doctors can gauge the defendant's level of
competency, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office reports.
On Wednesday, doctors will be appointed to assess whether or not
transient Fernando Chamale-Boch, 21, is competent to stand trial, according
to the district attorney's office.
Chamale-Boch is facing charges of felony attempted kidnapping for
the purpose of sexual assault, assault with intent to sexually assault, false
imprisonment and misdemeanor battery for allegedly attacking a woman as she
attempted to cross to the other side of the train tracks through a darkened
stairway on Oct. 20, 2013.
Prosecutors say Chamale-Boch was standing in a dim hallway around
7 p.m. and grabbed the woman just after she fearfully turned to run back up
the stairs she had just entered.
Chamale-Boch grabbed his victim by the waist
and put his hand over her mouth to silence her before pulling the woman six
feet down the stairs, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
The woman violently resisted Chamale-Boch, scratching and punching
his face, before she was able to run away and call 911.
Police were able to identify Chamale-Boch by the scratches on his
face and the victim later identified him, Wagstaffe said.
Chamale-Boch has denied any involvement in the alleged attack.
Today was the second scheduled setting of the preliminary hearing
since Chamale-Boch's initial arraignment on Oct. 22, 2013. He remains in
custody on $2,000,000 bail.