A man accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old girl from in front of her Antioch home last month and of previous attempted kidnappings will undergo an evaluation to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ordered today. David Douglas, 43, received the order in a Martinez courtroom today after his attorney, Brandon Banks, declared his doubts about the defendant’s competency to stand trial.
A court-appointed doctor will examine Douglas at some point in the coming weeks and is expected to submit a report on the findings on April 3, according to Banks. Douglas’s court appearance today comes nearly two months after he allegedly kidnapped a girl from in front of her Antioch home on Jan. 3 after following her and her mother from a local Walmart, according to police.
An Amber alert was issued shortly after the kidnapping. Police said an alert Target employee who had noticed Douglas behaving suspiciously and jotted down his license plate number helped lead them to the defendant. Officers found him at the Antioch marina with the victim in his car roughly four hours after the abduction began. The girl was reunited with her family and Douglas was arrested and charged with kidnapping for sexual purposes with the use of a deadly weapon, attempted kidnapping for sexual purposes, possession of material depicting a minor engaging in sexual activity and forcible lewd acts upon a child. He pleaded not guilty to the charges last month.
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