Doctors to Assess Mental Competency of Man Accused in Violent San Mateo Attempted Rape

By Bay City News: 

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.

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Doug Abbott February 06, 2014 at 09:21 AM
This story is fine. But this paper is missing the point. There are many, many cases that San Mateo District Attorney Wagstaffe deliberately DOESN'T tell the press about. The real story is just how many high profile cases he has deliberately left off his daily cases of interest to the press. This is a cause for concern and should be investigated. Thank goodness for the excellent Palo Alto Daily Post- the ONLY paper that investigates and seeks out cases Wagstaffe hides from the press. If it weren't for the Palo Alto Daily Post, the public wouldn't have known that Luke Lonergan, the multimillionaire Ph D who founded the tech firm Greenplum, and who has been featured in the Wall Street Journal; Forbes and Wired, was arrested and charged with child pornography. Funny how Wagstaffe told the Post that he wasn't even "familiar "with the case, even though he had it for 19 months and Lonergan hired Super Lawyer Ryan Okabe whose firm represented a client in the OJ Simpson LA robbery case. Funny how Wagstaffe also "forgot" to alert the press that Troy Smith, a San Mateo Deputy Sheriff was arrested for violence and beating up the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend. Funny how he forgot to tell the press that Menlo Police Detective Jeffrey Mendez was arrested for hiring a prostitute. The Atherton Almanac picked up that story. Funny how Wastaffe forgot to tell the press that Cardell Brown, a counselor at a San Mateo County group home had been arrested and had pleaded guilty for raping young boys there. The only reason the case came to light is because an attorney contacted the County Times to ask why there had been no press on it. Did Wagstaffe not alert the public because the County was being sued by the victims and he didn't want any more coming forward? Did he not want to know that Brown was barely in prison at all, less than two years, and then after getting out he was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender, and that he was homeless and hanging around the Santa Clara bus station. (In the hopes of finding runaways, perhaps?) Wagstaffe always has an agenda when he hides cases. The question is: what is behind his hiding the very big Lonergan case ? Why did no name purchasers of child pornography in San Mateo County get their names splashed all over the papers, but Lonergan's name was kept out of the press?
Bruce Reynard February 07, 2014 at 12:25 PM
It doesn't surprise me that Wagstaffe stays mum about child sexual abuse cases, based on many of the past cases I've been following, Wags and the judiciary appear to have a sympathetic ear, especially when the cases involve higher level muckety-mucks in the county government, or some of the more high-profile people in the county. It DOES surprise me that the majority of the journalists (if you'll pardon my exaggeration) just write their articles straight from Wag's tear-sheets.
Jim Clifford February 07, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Someone should start a Peninsula News Service, in which nups exchange stories. Sort of a small time AP. Former Patch people could do it.


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