By Associated Press - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A man charged with grabbing three teenage girls walking to school in Worcester has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The Telegram & Gazette ( ) reports that a judge Tuesday ruled that 24-year-old Fredy Cruz was incompetent and sent him to a mental health facility for a 40-day observation.

Cruz is charged with two counts of kidnapping a child, two counts of assault and battery, and one count of enticing a child under 16.

Police say he tried to abduct two 15-year-old girls and a 14-year-old girl on the same day in April 2016. All three girls fought off their attacker.

Cruz was arrested the following day carrying a backpack containing pliers, rope, duct tape, a pocket knife and a drill.

His lawyer says he denies the charges.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.),

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