JEFFERSON — A hearing was Friday to see if a man accused of felonious assault was fit to stand trial.
Patrick Anderson, 46, of 417 West Main Road, Conneaut, was charged with felonious assault in September, according to court records.
Anderson initially pleaded not guilty, and in October, he changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, according to court records.
The Forensic Psychiatric Center of Northeast Ohio submitted a competency report to the court in December, according to court records.
Anderson is accused of attacking a man with a box cutter, according to the police report from the incident. Anderson is accused of walking into the victim’s home at around 6 p.m. on Aug. 26, and asking about a person before attacking the victim with a box cutter, according to the police report. Anderson then allegedly fled the home, according to the police report.
Police searched for Anderson using a canine, but could not locate him, according to the report.
Anderson later called the Cleveland office of the FBI, stating that he wanted to turn himself in, but was afraid that Conneaut police would kill him, according to the report.
Anderson was arrested and shared his side of the story. He claims that the victim came to his home and demanded that Anderson come to the victim’s residence to resolve an issue, according to the police reports. Anderson claims that when he arrived, the victim pointed a gun at him and threatened him.
Anderson claims that he attacked the victim in self-defense, then fled, according to the police reports.
Anderson was charged with two counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies, according to court records.
Surveillance footage from a nearby house does not show anyone entering or leaving Anderson’s house, other than Anderson and his wife, according to police reports.
Anderson was found incompetent, but restorable, meaning that he is currently unable to stand trial, but could be in the future with proper treatment or medication, County Prosecutor Cecilia Cooper said.
“He is going to be put in some sort of treatment facility, and will remain there until they determine he’s again competent,” Cooper said.