Mental health placement assessment planned for Vallejo arsonist – The Vacaville Reporter

The 32-year-old Vallejo man who was arrested in mid-May on suspicion of felony and arson in connection with an early morning fire that damaged two businesses in Vallejo will be subject to a mental health assessment in the coming weeks. the Superior Court of Solano County.

Criminal proceedings against Xavier H. Williams, who appeared Friday on Ward 23 for a mental health placement report at the Justice Center in Fairfield, have been suspended. He was represented by Deputy Public Defender Kirby Madden.

During the morning trial, a Solano County Supreme Court commissioner, on behalf of Judge John B. Ellis, ordered that Williams commit to the Department of State Hospitals competency program for a term of up to two years or until he regains his competence, official court records to indicate. Williams’ placement assessment was set for September 1 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 23.

Under state law, specifically Section 1368 of the Criminal Code, a defendant deemed unable to assist in his or her defense or understand legal proceedings cannot be tried. However, once they are deemed competent, criminal charges can be reinstated and the defendant scheduled for more court proceedings, including a jury trial.

Deputy District Attorney Kevin Tali is leading the charge.

Williams is accused of the May 17 fire that damaged the Anchor Pantry and also damaged the Joint, a neighboring store.

Williams pleads not guilty on arraignment in prison and remains in custody at the Stanton Correctional Facility, on $75,000 bail on the arson charge. He is awaiting transfer to one of the five state hospitals.

In addition to the arson charge, Williams faces several other warrant-based charges, including carrying a loaded firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and vandalism. His total bail on all charges is $115,000, according to prison records.

As previously reported in the Vallejo Times-Herald, Vallejo public safety officials received a call at 3:26 a.m. that the Anchor Pantry, a gourmet grocery store at 617 Marin St., was on fire.

Investigators claim Williams started the fire there. A short time later, he was found nearby, on the 400 block of Santa Clara Street, where he was arrested on the charges and the arson charge.

Vallejo Fire Department spokesman and firefighter Aaron Klauber said at the time that the owners of Anchor Pantry noticed they had an alarm and video of a man at the front of the store window trying to start a fire. Firefighters were the first to arrive and tried to extinguish the blaze with a fire extinguisher to control the flames, but without success, Klauber said.

The fire went to a second alarm and the flames were extinguished in 14 minutes. The second alarm was raised due to adjacent multi-storey buildings, Klauber said. No injuries were reported, but Anchor Pantry had most of the first floor damaged, while The Joint, a shop offering handmade vintage and modern goods, was given a red label meaning it’s considered unsafe to occupy it. .

Shortly after the fire was extinguished, Karen Finlay, co-owner of Alibi Bookshop, started two GoFundMe pages. Alibi Bookshop is across the street from Anchor Pantry and The Joint.

The fundraising page for Anchor Pantry is at www.gofundme.com/f/help-jessica-and-frank-rebuild-anchor-pantry.

A separate page has been created for the Joint, owned by Stephanie Brown, at www.gofundme.com/f/help-stephanie-rebuild-the-joint-vallejo.

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