Suspect ruled competent to stand trial

FordA 21-year-old Hutchinson man accused of breaking into local home was found competent for the case to continue.

Ford was initially arrested for inappropriately touching a 10-year-old and two 9-year-old girls. There was insufficient evidence to support that the touching was sexual in nature or that it was meant for sexual pleasure.

Ford is charged with aggravated burglary for breaking into the home in the 200 block of South Monroe on September 15.

The state alleges that this was done with the intent to commit theft or felony or sexual battery. This sentencing range for this charge is 31-to-136 months depending on past criminal history. Apparently the burglary and touching of the girls happened when the kids were in bed.

The girls’ father chased Ford from the home and police later found him walking in the area of Avenue A & Monroe. They also allegedly found his cell-phone in the children’s bedroom. He was unknown to the family, but apparently lives within a block of their home.

Total bonds are 60-thousand dollars and a hearing in the case is now set for December 12.