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Suspect in stabbing of four shoppers at Target found incompetent to stand trial

September 1, 2010 |  2:54 pm

A woman accused of stabbing four people at a Target store in West Hollywood in May has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Layla Rosette Trawick, 34, was ordered to be sent to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino on Wednesday after doctors agreed that she was incompetent, according to Shiara Davila-Morales of the district attorney's office.
Trawick, of the Bay Area city of Antioch, was charged with four counts of attempted murder and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon in the May 3 rampage.

Police said she took a butcher’s knife and chef’s knife to the Target, where she roamed the aisles talking about her bipolar disorder and randomly stabbing people, including a woman holding a baby. Four people were wounded, one critically.

In interviews with The Times, friends and relatives of Trawick said she had suffered mental problems from childhood and had become convinced in recent months that she was the test subject in a mind-control experiment. They said she had been in and out of psychiatric wards much of her life, including about half a dozen times in the year before the attacks.

Court records show that Trawick had been charged with minor crimes over the years, including public drunkenness, petty theft and vandalism. She was also arrested for misdemeanor assault.

-- Kate Linthicum