Judge Orders Competency Exam for Mass. Man Suspected in Stabbing

Forty-one-year-old Jacob Gallant, of Westport, Massachusetts, was ordered held Monday on $100,000 bail

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A judge has ordered a competency exam for a Massachusetts man accused of randomly stabbing a woman who was working at a Rhode Island drugstore.

Forty-one-year-old Jacob Gallant, of Westport, Massachusetts was ordered held Monday on $100,000 bail.

He is charged with felony assault with intent to commit murder for Sunday's attack on an 18-year-old worker at a Rite Aid in Warwick. She was in serious but stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital.

Warwick Police Chief Steven McCartney tells WPRO-AM that Gallant had been on a downward spiral due to the death of a family member and randomly chose to stop there. McCartney says Gallant indicated he would stab the first person he saw when he came into the drugstore.

It was not immediately known if Gallant has a lawyer.

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