LOCKPORT - A man who allegedly tried to attack staffers in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's mental health unit June 7 was arraigned today in Niagara County Court, where Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ruled him incompetent to stand trial and committed him to a mental institution for up to one year.
Maurice Hill, 40, of 12th Street, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of attempted second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing, plus single counts of third-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi said Hill allegedly tried to attack hospital workers with a pen and a chair, which was broken during the incident. Several police officers were called to subdue him.
Farkas said two of the three doctors who examined Hill found him mentally incompetent. He's been in Rochester Psychiatric Center and will stay there for now. Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said, "They're working on medications to try to stabilize him. They don't believe he's at that point yet."