Man tasered at Cherry Lane Mall to undergo psych evaluation

Danny Douglas Ross, the man accused of assaulting a mall patron and resisting arrest in the parking lot of Cherry Lane Mall last Sunday, Jan.3 will undergo a 30 day psychiatric evaluation.

PENTICTON - The man at the centre of a police incident at Cherry Lane Mall on Jan. 3 made a court appearance today, Jan. 8.

Danny Douglas Ross appeared by video in Penticton Provincial Court facing charges of assault, possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose, and willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer, stemming from the incident in which Ross allegedly assaulted a mall patron and threatened others, including police, with a pair of scissors.

Crown Prosecutor Vern Frolick told court preliminary psychiatric assessments found Ross to be a habitual drug user who becomes psychotic with drug use.

Ross behaved erratically as his case was discussed, at times scowling, making threatening remarks and at one point lying down on a bench.

Ross was committed to a 30-day psychiatric assessment at Port Coquitlam Forensic Hospital, as soon as accommodation at the institution is possible.

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