REDWOOD CITY -- A Japanese national accused of having a homemade bomb stuffed in a San Mateo hotel microwave is not mentally well enough to stand trial, a judge has ruled.
Based on two concurring doctors' reports, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Craig Parsons on Friday deemed Takumi Hombu, 35, mentally incompetent, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail pending a Dec. 14 decision on where he should be sent for treatment.
Hombu was arrested Sept. 25 at a San Mateo Comfort Inn after police discovered a "homemade explosive device" in the microwave in his room, prosecutors said. The bomb squad was called in and concluded the device could have exploded and sparked a fire in the hotel if someone turned on the microwave.
Police went to the hotel after getting complaints Hombu, who'd been staying there several days, was making a mess and refused to leave. Hombu spoke little English, but through an interpreter allegedly told police he should not be arrested because the bomb didn't explode.
If Hombu is later deemed competent, the case against him -- one felony count each of possessing explosives and possessing the ingredients to make explosives -- would resume its path through the court system.
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