Suspect accused of slitting woman’s throat with a box cutter found to be “profoundly psychotic”

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An Erie County Judge rules the suspect in the high-profile Erie box cutter case is not competent to stand trial.  

Investigators say Steveland Robinson tried to rob a woman then slit her face and throat with a box cutter.  The crime happened outside of the Walgreens on West 38th and Peach Streets in July.  A forensic psychiatrist testified that Robinson has a long history of mental illness.

The psychiatrist described him as “profoundly psychotic” and “significantly under-medicated”.  Robinson will be treated at Torrance State Hospital. 

His preliminary hearing was scheduled for tomorrow.  No new date is set at this point.

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