Competency evaluation ordered in domestic violence, assault case

A man who was indicted last week for alleged violent offenses is expected to undergo an evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial Wednesday.

Trae A. Kiss, 23, of North Lewisburg, was indicted last week on two counts of obstructing official business and one count each of menacing, possession of heroin, possessing drug abuse instruments, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, domestic violence, felonious assault, disrupting public services and assault.

Court documents from a Jan. 8 arraignment hearing state Kiss pleaded not guilty to the charges during this hearing and his attorney, Christopher Bucci, filed a motion for a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. This motion was accepted and the case is continued pending completion of the evaluation and receipt of the evaluation report.

The charges against Kiss stem from alleged conduct between Dec. 16 and 18, 2015.

A court statement filed in the Champaign County Municipal Court states on December 16, 2015, Champaign County sheriff deputies responded to a Rush Township residence in reference to an unwanted guest. A resident told deputies she noticed Kiss standing in her driveway leaning against a vehicle yelling “I’m going to kill you son of a (expletive).”

Kiss reportedly started running down an alley once 911 was called. When law enforcement spoke with him at his residence, they noticed Kiss was not acting normal. Kiss admitted he was on heroin and while deputies spoke with him he started singing songs and talking about riding a snowman.

When asked how he arrived at the Rush Township residence, Kiss said he was never there before saying he drove a vehicle there. Deputies noticed all the vehicles had frost on them to which Kiss responded he did not drive a vehicle but he drove a snowman over to the residence.

After medical assistance responded to the residence, Kiss fled from one cruiser before he was apprehended a block away. Drug related items were also found in his residence.

Two days later, deputies responded to the 100 block of North Sycamore Street in North Lewisburg on a report of an assault that had taken place. The victim stated while he was walking to a bank, he noticed someone running up behind him.

The victim stated he was tackled to the ground and struck in the back of the head and neck area by Kiss’ forearm. As he was held on the ground Kiss advised him “you should not have broken the rules.”

On the same date, deputies responded to an assault that took place at Kiss’ residence. A resident of the same residence stated she got in an argument with Kiss and was struck in the face.

When she tried to call 911, Kiss allegedly took away the telephone and disabled it. The victim was struck two more times in the face and nose before she ran from the residence.

Kiss’ bond was established at $100,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with any of the victims from the three incidents or his residence.


By Nick Walton

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.