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Train station attack defendant fit for trial
June 28, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Fernando Chamale-Boch

The 22-year-old transient accused of trying to rape a woman crossing the San Mateo Caltrain Station’s underground stairs is mentally fit to stand trial on several felonies, according to a majority of court-appointed doctors.

The initial pair disagreed on whether Fernando Chamale-Boch is able to aid his defense attorney against charges of kidnapping with the intent to rape, assault with the intent to rape, false imprisonment and battery. A third tie-breaker doctor tipped the scales to competency and criminal proceedings were reinstated Friday morning.

He now returns to court Aug. 21 for a preliminary hearing to determine if he’ll stand trial

San Mateo police arrested Chamale-Boch Oct. 20, 2013, after a woman identified him as the man she said grabbed her in the darkened station hallway approaching the stairwell about 7 p.m. that Sunday. The suspect covered her mouth as she screamed, and pulled her 6 feet down the stairs as she punched and scratched at his face. After she fought herself free, she called police who found him nearby later that night with scratches on his face.

Chamale-Boch remains in custody on $2 million bail.

 

 

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