Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

January 29, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Competency exam ordered for man accused of stabbing Renton clerk

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.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: assault, King County Superior Court, Renton

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►