A 44-year-old Daly City man was ordered Wednesday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after he allegedly broke into his father’s home and stole money on two separate occasions two weeks ago.
Christopher Rodriguez is accused of forcing his way into his 77-year-old father’s home, located on Piccadilly Place in San Bruno, on Aug. 9 and 11. Rodriguez allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of cash on both occasions. He faces nine felony counts, including residential burglary, robbery and elder abuse.
Two doctors were assigned to evaluate Rodriguez’s competency for trial after his initial felony arraignment Friday, when he was reportedly acting in a bizarre manner. Judge James Ellis doubted Rodriguez’s mental state and ordered the evaluation. The doctors’ results will be presented in court on Sept. 19.
Rodriguez was first arrested by Daly City police shortly after the Aug. 9 incident and was taken to Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame because authorities suspected he had mental problems.
“The hospital has certain criteria that if they conclude that he is no longer a danger to himself or to others, then they don’t have to keep him,” Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.
He was released shortly after the hospital visit, Guidotti said, and allegedly returned to his father’s house two days later, again forcing his way into the house, robbing his father and attempting to flee. The amount of money stolen was described as relatively small. After his second arrest, police kept him in custody.
Rodriguez faces approximately nine years in prison. An attorney from the private defender program was appointed Wednesday.
There is an average of 83 cases of elder abuse or neglect every month in the county. Most elder abuse cases in San Mateo County are financial, partly because of the region’s affluence, said Lisa Mancini, director of the county’s Aging and Adult Services.