A man arrested in St. Joseph in February for allegedly stealing a car at gunpoint in Kansas City has been deemed incompetent to stand trial. Dweh Barwu on Tuesday was remanded to the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Barwu was charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a class-d felony. St. Joseph police were dispatched to the 1800 block of N. 36th St. on February 12.
A GPS system allegedly revealed he was in possession of a vehicle stolen at gunpoint In Kansas City, Kansas. He has denied stealing the vehicle and has claimed in court that he was abused by police during his arrest.
In court documents, police said an officer tried to arrest him, but he refused to comply and a struggle ensued in which the officer was injured. An affidavit noted that the defendant was near the vehicle, and had the keys and other property from the stolen vehicle in his pocket. He allegedly dropped a firearm during the struggle with the officer.
Court proceedings in St. Joseph have been suspended pending future developments from mental health officials.