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Man ruled mentally incompetent for kidnapping, rape trial
Steven Areizaga
Steven Areizaga

A man charged with kidnapping, rape and aggravated sodomy was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial, but a doctor said he believes he could eventually be ready for trial, according to court documents.

Steven Areizaga, 31, was accused of holding a woman against her will for about 12 hours at an Oakwood apartment in August 2016, according to law enforcement.

Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon said Areizaga allegedly used a knife to menace two officers early in the chase.

Attempts to reach Areizaga’s attorney Anna Szatkowski and Assistant District Attorney Kelley Robertson for comment were unsuccessful.

Police said Areizaga was barefoot during a two-hour foot chase in Oakwood, but he was detained behind First Baptist Church of Oakwood.

Authorities fired a beanbag at him from a rifle before arresting him.

A licensed psychologist interviewed Areizaga in February and April regarding his competency to stand trial, which concerns the defendant’s ability to assist in his own defense.

“At the time of the evaluation, there was not evidence to suggest that Mr. Areizaga’s psychotic disorder alone had deteriorated significantly to the point of incompetency,” according to the psychologist’s opinion. “There was evidence to conclude that Mr. Areizaga was not forthcoming in his presentation and intended to exaggerate his lack of knowledge regarding the legal system and exaggerated deficits in memory. He had adequate verbal skills and would be unlikely to have difficulty communicating with his attorney.”

The psychologist concluded the defendant had “significant deficit in his decisional competence” regarding the complexity of the case against him.

“If provided with the increased structure and further treatment including psychiatric consultation, medication management and rehearsal of legal issues content in psycho-educational groups, Mr. Areizaga should be able to become competent within a reasonable period of time,” the psychologist wrote.