Jan. 21—EAU CLAIRE — A competency issue has been raised for an Eau Claire man who authorities say physically assaulted and injured a 68-year-old woman.
Defense attorney Karl Schmidt is seeking a hearing for Phayeesen Vang to determine if he is competent to assist in his own defense.
Judge Jon Theisen ordered a hearing recently in Eau Claire County Court. A special review has not been scheduled.
Vang, 34 years old, is accused of the minor charge of causing violence in public places, as well as the serious charge of jumping from behind.
According to the criminal complaint:
An Eau Claire police officer was dispatched to a home on Thursday, December 8, for a domestic disturbance. The police learned that Vang assaulted a 68-year-old woman. Vang lives with the woman.
The officer contacted the woman. He had a large scar on the right side of his face. His face was very swollen and it looked like his right eye was about to swell.
The officer saw a paper towel on the ground covered in blood. The officer noticed some blood on the floor next to the woman.
Two people were with the woman who said they lived in a nearby apartment. They said they were watching a movie when they heard a loud noise coming from the woman’s house.
The couple stopped filming to check on the woman when they heard more commotion.
The couple knocked on the woman’s door and Vang walked out the door with two bags.
The couple said Vang usually comes to the door right away, but this time he didn’t.
The couple opened the door and saw the woman getting up on the floor.
The couple said this is not the first time such an incident has occurred.
The officer later spoke to Vang about what happened. He denied being at the woman’s house.