A Moline man accused of forcing his way into a woman’s vehicle at knifepoint in October has been found unfit to stand trial.
Floyd Rick May, 62, will be remanded to the Illinois Department of Human Services for treatment to see if he can attain fitness within one year.
A defendant can be found unfit for trial if, because of a mental or physical condition, he or she is unable to understand the nature and purpose of the proceedings and is unable to assist in his or her defense.
May’s attorney, Herb Schultz, last month filed a motion for a mental health evaluation and wrote that he had a “bona fide doubt” as to May’s fitness and his ability to assist in his own defense.
An evaluation, which was sealed by the court, was completed by Moline clinical psychologist Kirk Witherspoon.
In an order filed March 2, Judge Norma Kauzlarich found May unfit for trial and noted that “there is substantial probability that the defendant, if provided with a course of treatment, will attain fitness within one year.”
He was initially evaluated last year and was found fit to stand trial in December.
May is charged with aggravated kidnapping, a Class X felony, and aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony.
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."