Marvin Lomeli, who is accused of slashing a man with a box cutter in Menlo Park last April, was transported to Napa State Hospital on Feb. 4 for psychiatric treatment, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
If and when he responds to the treatment he will be returned to San Mateo County for trial in the case, Wagstaffe said.
"We typically get them back in eight to 20 months on average, when we pick up where we left off," Wagstaffe said.
Lomeli, 21, was originally assigned to the hospital on July 22, but bed space didn't open up until Jan. 31, Wagstaffe said.
Lomeli was with the victim in the case, a 60-year-old Redwood City man, at the victim's home, and left in the early morning on April 30, 2019, according to Wagstaffe.
After Lomeli left, the victim realized his cellphone was missing and thought Lomeli had stolen it. He got in his car and went looking for Lomeli and found him in the 3700 block of Haven Avenue in Menlo Park, according to Wagstaffe.
The victim confronted Lomeli, who allegedly pulled out a box cutter and slashed and stabbed him five times in the back of the head and neck, Wagstaffe said.
When passersby intervened, Lomeli fled the scene and allegedly threw the box cutter in a slough, where it was recovered by police, Wagstaffe said.
Officers found Lomeli near Marsh Road and U.S. 101 in Menlo Park. He was reportedly carrying a small amount of methamphetamine when he was arrested, according to Wagstaffe.
The victim was treated at Stanford Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Menlo Park Police Department spokesperson Nicole Acker said.