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LAYTON MAN FOUND COMPETENT FOR TRIAL

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A Layton man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting two female restaurant workers in June has been found competent to stand trial after a court-ordered mental evaluation.

Gary E. Hamblin, 28, is charged with two first-degree felony counts of aggravated kidnapping and two charges of forcible sexual abuse, both second-degree felonies, in the June 21 incident.After ruling Hamblin to be competent, 2nd District Judge Jon Memmott set a Nov. 1 pretrial hearing and trial on Nov. 10.

Memmott also agreed to lower Hamblin's bail from $35,000 to $5,000, but he restricted Hamblin to home confinement with electronic monitoring and work release.

Hamblin is charged with hiding in the van of the two victims, both teenage girls who worked at a fast-food restaurant in North Salt Lake. When they entered the van after getting off work at midnight on June 21, Hamblin ordered them to drive away, according to court documents.

They drove to the parking lot of a nearby store and Hamblin then ordered the two girls into the back of the van and made them undress, according to court records. A security guard discovered them there and stopped the assault, ordering Hamblin to get out of the van, according to police.