A Bakersfield man found not competent to stand trial in the stabbings of his mother and two brothers will be housed in a state hospital to see if he can be restored to competency.
A report from behavioral health officials states Jeremy Rapolla, 24, should be given psychotropic medications and be placed in a state hospital for up to three years, Judge Michael G. Bush said during a brief court hearing Wednesday.
Rapolla's case will then be reviewed and, if restored to competency, he will stand trial on charges including attempted murder. If again found not competent, he will be sent back to a state hospital.
Rapolla, tall and lanky with thick, black hair, wore paper clothing at Wednesday's hearing, an indication he's on suicide watch. He smiled and looked around the courtroom after his case was heard.
Following his arrest July 27, Rapolla made several bizarre statement to investigators. He said he hadn't actually stabbed his mother, just a woman who was impersonating her with makeup, court documents said.
He said he used a knife to stab family members because he "wanted to see what was inside their head," according to the documents. He also said he "hates the world," and if he had succeeded in killing his family he would have ended their suffering.
Family members told investigators Rapolla suffers from schizophrenia and wasn't taking his medication, the documents said.
Rapolla's mother, Rochelle Rapolla, was stabbed multiple times in the torso, and his brothers, ages 10 and 15, were stabbed in the head, according to police. The 10-year-old, Manuel Jacinto, suffered a wound that penetrated his skull.
All three survived, but Manuel's injury was so severe he was taken to Valley Children's Hospital in Madera in critical condition.
Police received multiple calls the evening of July 27 regarding stabbings at a residence in the 300 block of Donna Avenue. An officer was directed to the back of the house, where he saw a woman, Rochelle Rapolla, crawling toward him, a hand clutched to her chest. Blood was seeping onto the floor.
"Help, help, my son has been stabbed, " the documents said she told the officer.
The officer went inside and found two boys sitting on a couch, one holding the other. Both were bleeding from wounds to their head.
Shortly afterward, police found Jeremy Rapolla walking north in an alley in the 200 block of Donna Avenue and took him into custody.
While being driven to Bakersfield Police Department headquarters, Rapolla told an officer he tried to kill his family because his stepfather kicked him out of the house and his mom locked him out, the documents said.
"I just get mad and do bad things, " he said, according to the documents.