Man found incompetant to stand trial on two felonies

A Coon Rapids man, accused in Anoka County District Court of threatening two men with a knife at a Ramsey residence, has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Kwaku Kwabi Sefah Jr., 23, was arraigned in court in July on felony second-degree assault and terroristic threats charges and was being held in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

At Sefah’s arraignment, the court ordered a Rule 20 competency evaluation to be performed to determine whether he knew right from wrong at the time of the alleged offense and whether he would be able to take part in his defense.

At a court hearing Sept. 12, a psychologist told the court that Sefah was not competent to stand trial and the judge ordered civil commitment proceedings to begin.

According to the complaint, the morning of July 7, Ramsey Police responded to a residence on the 14400 block of Radium Street NW on a report of man threatening more than one person with a knife.

A man who lived at the house told police that he was concerned that Sefah, a relative, had stayed out all night and asked Sefah’s brother to find him and bring him to the man’s home, which the brother did.

But the man alleged that Sefah became belligerent, grabbed a butcher’s knife and threatened to kill both him and the brother before they were able to wrestle the knife away from Sefah.

The brother allegedly corroborated the man’s account when interviewed by police.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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