Mental tests ordered for man accused of stabbing smoker

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SAN DIEGO — A mental competency evaluation was ordered Friday for a 70-year-old man accused of stabbing a woman near Belmont Park because her smoking bothered him.

Mission Beach SignTerrance Alphonce Behan is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and making a criminal threat.

The alleged assault happened July 18 about 10:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of Mission Boulevard.

At Behan’s arraignment, a prosecutor alleged that the defendant stabbed a 54-year-old woman in the chest, then threatened another man and his family before being arrested.

Judge Robert F. O’Neill today suspended criminal proceedings against Behan while doctors determine whether the defendant is mentally competent to stand trial.

A hearing was set for Sept. 19.

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