A mental competency evaluation was ordered Thursday for a transient charged with attacking three people in downtown Los Angeles last December, including a man who was pushed into a street where he was struck by a box truck.

Criminal proceedings against Garrett Joseph Boldt were put on hold while a decision is made about the 41-year-old defendant’s competency, according to Paul Eakins of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Boldt is accused of pushing a passing pedestrian into the street Dec. 5 on West Sixth Street near Broadway, where the man was struck by a truck and suffered serious injuries. The crime was caught on video, police and prosecutors said. The defendant also allegedly took a bracelet that the man had dropped when he was pushed.

He was arrested later that afternoon, after he allegedly punched a woman at a bus stop at West First and South Hill Street. A day earlier, he allegedly tackled a woman to the ground at West Seventh and Hill streets.

All of the attacks appeared to be random and unprovoked, prosecutors said.

Boldt could face up to life in state prison if convicted of one count each of attempted murder and petty theft, along with three counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and an allegation that he personally inflicted great bodily injury.

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