NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of tossing a fake bomb into a police van in Times Square is headed for a psychiatric examination to determine whether he’s fit to stand trial.
A judge ordered the exam Wednesday as Hector Meneses (mehn-EH’-sehs) was arraigned by video from a hospital. Meneses has been there since his arrest last Thursday.
The 52-year-old hasn’t entered a plea to the false-bombing and false-reporting charges. His lawyer hasn’t returned a call seeking comment.
Security video showed a passing driver flinging an object through the police van’s open window.
Sgt. Hameed Armani and Officer Peter Cybulski (sih-BUHL’-skee) say the device flashed and clicked. They were lauded for driving away from crowds before getting the object out of the van.
Police say Meneses then engaged officers in an hours-long standoff.