Axe-swinging suspect to get evaluation

An Oak Harbor man accused of threatening a store clerk with an axe was ordered to get a mental health evaluation, according to court documents.

An employee at a 7-Eleven store in Oak Harbor reported to police that a man, later identified as Samuel A. Grove, walked by the front of the building swinging an axe and he flipped her off, according to the police report.

Both the employee and a customer said they thought Grove was going to hurt someone.

Grove was previously issued a trespass notice barring him from going to the store.

Police officers located Grove nearby and found that he had an axe concealed under his shirt. They arrested him.

Grove became “extremely angry” at the jail, where he kicked and slammed his head into the holding cell door.

He also spit on an officer while he was being placed in a restraint chair, the police report states.

Grove confused one of the officers with a retired detective and threatened to chop him up.

The officer recommended he receive a mental health evaluation.

Prosecutors charged Grove in Island County Superior Court June 10 with assault in the second degree, assault in the third degree and criminal trespass.

On June 12, a judge signed an order for a competency evaluation. The order notes that Grove — who has a history of mental disorders — rambled incoherently at a hearing, refused to participate and got up and left the room in the middle of the proceedings.

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