NORTH HAVEN — A Meriden Superior Court judged Monday ordered a competency examination for a maintenance worker at a local motel charged with exposing himself to a woman and threatening to kill her.
Steven Freytes-Rivera, 37, was charged June 13 with public indecency, second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct and interfering with police. He was arrested again on June 15 and charged with first-degree threatening, tampering with a witness, breach of peace and criminal possession of a firearm.
On Monday Freytes-Rivera appeared in Meriden Superior Court. A public defender requested a competency examination, which the judge granted. The examination was ordered to ensure he is able to assist in his defense and understand the charges against him.
Freytes-Rivera is due back in court on Sept. 10.
On June 13, Freytes-Rivera, a maintenance worker at Meadow Stone Motel, 630 Washington Ave., asked a prospective renter to come to his room. When the woman opened the door, Freytes-Rivera was reportedly standing in the room exposing himself, said police spokesman Deputy Chief Kevin Glenn.
The woman said she was going to call police, and Freytes-Rivera threatened to kill her if she dialed 911, Glenn said. The woman said he reached toward his pocket, where she could see a knife. She fled and contacted police.
When Freytes-Rivera was taken into custody on June 13, he banged his head against the cruiser cage bars, the holding cell, and floor. After being restrained, Freytes-Rivera tried to bite himself.
Two days later, Freytes-Rivera sent the woman a picture of himself holding a gun with a message that said Freytes-Rivera knew where the woman lived and “this is for her calling the police,” Glenn said.
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