Suspect to undergo competency exam in police assault case

ESCANABA – An Escanaba man accused of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest by another officer will undergo a competency examination to determine if he can stand trial on two assault charges.

Joshua Jacob Curtis, 33, is charged with assault with intent to murder for allegedly threatening an Escanaba Public Safety officer with a knife last month. He is charged with assaulting/resisting/ obstructing a police officer when he allegedly resisted being arrested by a second officer.

During a pretrial conference hearing in the judge’s chambers in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday, the defense requested Curtis undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is able to stand trial on the two felonies.

The competency results are expected to be completed by April 18 when the pretrial conference is scheduled to be continued in circuit court.

On Jan. 10, three officers responded to a possible domestic incident at the defendant’s residence at 1401 N. 23rd St., Lot 61. Curtis had barricaded himself in a room then came out with a knife. When he resisted arrest, police shocked him with an electronic current. He remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond.

Assault with intent to murder carries a maximum punishment of life in prison. The charge for resisting a police officer carries a maximum sentencing of two years in prison and a $2,000 fine.