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Judge: hostage case suspect needs pysch review

Posted: September 27, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Updated: September 27, 2012 7:00 p.m.

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — A judge has ordered a psychological evaluation for a Modesto man accused of taking two hostages at a Yuba City sporting goods store last month.

Sutter County Superior Court Judge Perry Parker ordered a mental competency review for 29-year-old Juan Carlos Alvarez on Wednesday. The Marysville Appeal-Democrat reports ( that the results will determine if Alvarez is fit to stand trial.

Alvarez was arrested Aug. 6 on suspicion of holding two employees hostage at a Big 5 store for more than four hours in what police have described as a botched robbery. No injuries were reported.

He has pleaded not guilty to seven felony counts including robbery, assault and false imprisonment.

Alvarez is due back in court Oct. 29, and remains in custody without bail at the Sutter County Jail.



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