A Rock Island County judge has ordered a fitness evaluation for a Moline man accused of forcing his way into a woman’s vehicle at knifepoint last month.
Herb Schultz, the attorney for Floyd Rick May, said Tuesday during a brief hearing at the Rock Island County Justice Center that there is a “bona fide” doubt as to his client’s fitness to stand trial.
Judge Norma Kauzlarich appointed Moline-based clinical psychologist Kirk Witherspoon to evaluate May, who said he had previously been evaluated by the psychologist in a prior case.
“Nothing has changed,” May, 61, told the judge. “I’m mentally fit.”
May said he understood that the evaluation is part of the legal process and agreed to it.
“The sky is blue, the grass is green … and you run this courtroom,” he said. “See, I’m fit.”
Kauzlarich set a status hearing for Dec. 5.
May is charged with aggravated kidnapping, a Class X felony, and aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, in connection with the case.
Moline police were called Oct. 8 to a Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, for a report of an incident that occurred earlier in the 4500 block of 27th Street in Moline.
Police say that a woman reported that a man armed with a knife forced his way into her car and that she was cut on the arm during a struggle.
The man, who police identified as May, then forced the woman to drive him to a location in rural Rock Island County.
When they stopped, the woman, who had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, was able to reach her firearm, according to police.
May fled on foot and the woman drove herself to the hospital, according to police.
He also faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor, stemming from an incident that happened the same day.
According to court documents, May was armed with a black-handled, serrated knife with at least a 3-inch blade, held it against the rib cage of a man, and asked him “how much he loves his kids.”
He has a prior conviction for felony armed robbery and is prohibited from possessing the knife, which is considered a Category II dangerous weapon, according to court records.
May remained in the Rock Island County Jail on Tuesday on a $550,000 bond.