A homeless man with a history of mental illness was held for court today while some charges against him were dismissed in a June ax attack in Frick Park.
At a preliminary hearing this morning, District Judge Anthony Ceoffe ordered Frederic Park, 39, to stand trial trial on charges of recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.
He dismissed one count of ethnic intimidation and one count of aggravated assault. Prosecutors withdrew a second count of aggravated assault.
Officers from the Pittsburgh police Zone 4 station in Squirrel Hill wrote in a criminal complaint that one man said Mr. Park swung an ax at a water bottle the man was holding and then followed him and a woman he was with "in a menacing manner" before tossing a trash can at him.
Another man, who is black, told police that Mr. Park, who is white, called him a racial slur before swinging the ax at him.
Prior to the hearing this morning, Mr. Park was being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $10,000 bail. Judge Ceoffe modified the conditions of Mr. Park's bond so that he can only be released to the Department of Human Services' Justice Related Support Services and is not allowed in or near Frick Park.
Mr. Park has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, according to a protection-from-abuse order filed against him last year.
Correction/Clarification: (Published Aug. 27, 2013) An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the terms of the bond modification.
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