Competency hearing scheduled for robbery suspects

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A mental competency hearing was scheduled Wednesday for a 29-year-old woman who is accused, along with her 19-year-old live-in boyfriend, of carrying out a series of residential burglaries in Spring Valley and a holdup in San Diego in which she allegedly shot two women after demanding their purses.

Deanna Rodriguez, 29, is charged with multiple felony counts of burglary and attempted robbery in connection with incidents that occurred last summer, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

A psychiatrist’s report made public in January concluded that Rodriguez was mentally competent to stand trial but a judge granted a defense request for a second evaluation, which will be discussed at today’s hearing. If the judge decides Rodriguez is incapable of understanding the charges before her and unable to assist in her own defense, she will be sent to a state mental hospital for treatment until she is deemed competent and criminal proceedings can resume.

During a search of the defendant’s residence, police officers and deputies found property stolen during four home burglaries in Spring Valley, sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Hampton said.

Authorities also allege that she and her live-in boyfriend, Richard Taylor Fox, tried to rob three women on a sidewalk in the 700 block of West Date Street in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood the evening of July 27. During the holdup, Rodriguez allegedly shot two of the three women, then fled in a minivan driven by Fox.

Both victim suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds — one to an arm and the other to the abdomen, authorities said.

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