An attorney for an Arizona man accused of randomly punching a downtown San Luis Obispo retail clerk in the face cast doubt on his mental competency at a hearing Tuesday morning.
Justin Edmond Pard, 20, of Gilbert, Ariz., did not enter any pleas at his arraignment in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. He faces misdemeanor charges of assault with means likely to result in great injury, second-degree burglary and concealing a deadly weapon.
His appointed public defender, Patricia Ashbaugh, declared a doubt to his mental competency to stand trial. Two psychiatric experts were appointed to perform separate evaluations of Pard.
The results of those evaluations will be submitted at his next scheduled hearing Dec. 16.
Pard is accused of punching an employee of the Flip Flop Shop on the 800 block of Higuera Street on Thursday morning, a crime that was caught on dramatic surveillance video. He was arrested and released hours later, only to be arrested again that night for trespassing after allegedly causing a disruption at a second business.
Pard remains in San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $2,000 bail.