A judge on Thursday man ordered a mental evaluation for a man accused of slitting a the throat of Renton clerk during a robbery earlier this month.
After undergoing the evaluation, Darren Gayles will face a competency hearing on Feb. 18 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial for first-degree assault and first-degree robbery. The judge’s order came after Gayles‘ attorney raised questions about his competency.
In charging documents filed in King County Superior Court, prosecutors allege that Gayles, 44, entered the GameStop in the 200 block of South Second Street shortly before 11 a.m Jan. 14 and held a knife to the lone clerk’s throat. Prosecutors say Gayles forced the 23-year-old woman to open the cash drawer and then cut her throat.
Gay;es stole cash from the cash drawer and fled, court documents say.
He was arrested later that day and is being held in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
The victim, Kiersten Shideler, was seriously injured, but is improving, her family said.