Accused stabber needs competency evaluation

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A judge has ordered a competency evaluation for the man accused of stabbing three people at a nail salon in Rib Mountain, according to online Marathon County court records.

Doan Nguyen's attorney requested the evaluation Thursday during a hearing in which prosecutors were to present evidence about the stabbings, the records said. The preliminary hearing was postponed as the evaluation will determine whether Nguyen understands the proceedings and can assist in his defense.

Nguyen, 30, is charged with five felonies -- attempted first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and two counts of aggravated battery -- in the Feb. 2 attack at Best Nails Salon in Rib Mountain.

Prosecutors say Nguyen, who worked at the salon, launched the attack after his boss criticized his work performance.

Police said the woman's husband and another co-worker stopped the attack, one of them hitting Nguyen with a chair. All three suffered some injuries, including stab wounds and cuts.

There were no customers in the salon at the time.

Nguyen is jailed on $1 million bond.