MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — Doctors who examined the man accused of tossing a fake bomb into an NYPD van in Times Square over the summer are divided over whether he is fit to stand trial, his attorney and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said.
A judge in July ordered Hector Meneses, 52, to undergo a psychiatric exam to determine whether he is mentally stable enough to go on trial, after he was charged for throwing a fake bomb-like device onto the dashboard of a marked NYPD van in Duffy Square.
The three doctors who examined Meneses were “split” in their determination, his attorney Tara Collins said after a hearing Monday.
“Two doctors said he’s fit, one doctor said he’s unfit,” she said
His case has been adjourned until Jan. 5 to give both sides a chance to review the doctors’ reports and decided how to proceed, the DA’s office said.
After the incident, Meneses had a six-hour standoff with police in Columbus Circle.
He is facing charges that include placing a bomb or hazardous substance and falsely reporting an incident.
He is currently being held at the Otis Bantum Correctional Center on Rikers Island, city Department of Correction records show.