RICHLAND -- A 30-year-old man who ordered a Richland bank employee to hand over her own cash because his account was insufficient will undergo a mental evaluation.
Eric McKay Forsyth allegedly had two large pipes with him during the April 2 incident in Chase Bank.
He glared at the employee for a long time after demanding $50, then resisted arrest after walking outside the bank and had to be shocked with a Taser five times, court documents said.
Forsyth appeared in Benton County Superior Court last week on new charges of attempted first-degree robbery and resisting arrest.
But instead of entering a plea, Forsyth was ordered sent to Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake to determine if he is competent to stand trial.
The case returns May 3 for a status hearing. Forsyth is being held on $20,000 bail.
According to Richland police and court documents, Forsyth went to the 711 Jadwin Ave. branch at 12:30 p.m. and sat down at the employee's desk. The woman knew Forsyth because he is a frequent bank customer.
Forsyth set the pipes -- described by the employee as poles -- down on the desk and asked to withdraw $50 from his account. When told he didn't have sufficient funds, Forsyth "began making nonsense comments and glaring at her," documents said.
The employee reportedly later told police that Forsyth would stop glaring to look at the pipes on her desk, and she believed he was going to assault her.
Forsyth then told the woman, "Give me $50 ... from your pocket," court documents said. He continued to stare angrily at the woman before gathering his pipes and walking out, documents said.
Officers already had been called and were waiting outside the bank for Forsyth. He refused to obey police commands and had to be stunned before officers could handcuff Forsyth.