BRISTOL - A city woman accused of trying to abduct a random child out of the arms of his father in a Bristol parking lot has been ordered to undergo another evaluation to determine if she’s competent to understand the proceedings against her.
Crystal Ortiz, 24, of Davis Drive, was ordered to undergo the evaluation after her attorney, Peter Matthews, requested the examination. During a hearing Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court, Matthews said he would like the competency evaluation based on the way his discussions with Ortiz went.
Matthews did not elaborate on the discussions. Ortiz’s case cannot move forward until it is determined whether she is competent to understand the proceedings against her and assist in her own defense. Her case has been continued until Oct. 16.
This is the second time Matthews has asked that his client’s competency be evaluated. It was previously determined that her case could move forward based on her understanding of the proceedings.
Ortiz has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree assault, interfering with police and second-degree breach of peace.
She was arrested on Oct. 6, 2018, after allegedly trying to abduct a 5-year-old child. She encountered the child, his 3-year-old sibling and their father at the Stop and Shop on Farmington Avenue and began following them around the store, according to the police report.
Ortiz tried to put her arm around the father multiple times and said she was his girlfriend, the report said. The father told police he had not met her before that day.
Officers responded after receiving a 911 call at about 2:13 p.m. They said Ortiz appeared to be under the influence of something. Police found her with her arms wrapped around a 5-year-old boy, who was being held by his father in the parking lot. The child was crying and his father was screaming for help, saying he did not know who Ortiz was.
Police said the 5-year-old suffered some scratches to his neck. He did not need hospitalization.
According to police, Ortiz told officers she had smoked marijuana that may have been laced with something, possibly PCP - a hallucinogen known as angel dust. She is being held on $250,000 bond.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.