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Hammer throwing defendant incompetent
January 18, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Vincent Matteucci

A San Francisco man charged with throwing a hammer at picketing BART workers and later threatening to “take care” of jail officers is incompetent to stand trial, according to two court-appointed doctors.

The decision means Vincent Matteucci, 39, will be hospitalized at a state mental facility rather than possibly incarcerated. Competency is a person’s ability to aid in his or her own defense while sanity is the mental state at the time of an alleged crime.

Matteucci was first arrested Oct. 21 after reportedly throwing the tool at picketers outside the Daly City station as his friend yelled at the strikers to “get your asses back to work.” The hammer landed about 15 feet away.

Officers who arrested Matteucci reported finding on him a wood-handled pick he called his “whittler” and he allegedly told authorities he threw the hammer in self-defense.

While in jail awaiting prosecution on felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, possessing a dirk or dagger and a misdemeanor count of brandishing a knife, Matteucci allegedly refused to comply with orders by two San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies working there. Prosecutors say he repeatedly threatened to “take care of them” on the outside and that he would “terminate their unit” and “f— them up.” He resisted the deputies trying to move him into a holding cell and again threatened that he “owned” them and would get even, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

He remains in custody on $125,000 bail and returns to court March 20 for formal placement at a hospital.



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