Port Angeles man accused of stabbing woman has competency exam

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man who allegedly cut a woman’s neck during a Jan. 3 home invasion was scheduled to have a competency evaluation Thursday, a deputy prosecuting attorney said.

Tyler Scott Anderson, 39, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and other crimes for allegedly assaulting a 81-year-old woman in a west Port Angeles home.

The woman, who was resuscitated after she was found unconscious and not breathing in a pool of blood, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Victim’s condition

Her condition had been upgraded from critical to satisfactory by Wednesday and she remained in satisfactory condition on Thursday,, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Anderson remained in the Clallam County jail on $250,000 bail on Thursday.

He has not been arraigned pending an evaluation of his competency to stand trial. The psychological evaluation was to be conducted by Western State Hospital staff in the county jail.

“Mr. Anderson refused to have it done last week,” said Michele Devlin, Clallam County chief criminal deputy prosecuting attorney, in a Wednesday court hearing.

A status hearing was set for Jan. 22.

“By then we’ll expect to have received some helpful information from Western State,” Clallam County Superior Court Judge Simon Barnhart said Wednesday.

Anderson will be represented by John Hayden of Clallam Public Defender.

Port Angeles police said Anderson assaulted the woman at a home on the 1600 block of West 11th Street at about 2 p.m. Jan. 3.

Anderson also was alleged to have followed a woman to the front door of a home on the 1800 block of West 18th Street.

He was arrested a short time later and was found to be in possession of the victim’s cell phone, police said.

Anderson is charged with single counts of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, residential burglary and two counts of harassment.

The attempted murder, assault, robbery and burglary charges carry deadly weapon and vulnerable victim enhancements.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.

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