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Psych exam ordered for man in Times Square fake-bomb scare

  • FILE- In this July 2016 file photo provided by the New York Police Department, a hoax bomb that was thrown into a patrol car on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, is displayed near Columbus Circle in New York. Hector Meneses, who is accused of flinging the fake bomb into a police van in Times Square has been ordered by a New York City judge to undergo psychiatric examination to determine whether he's fit to stand trial. A Manhattan judge ordered the exam Wednesday, July 27. (NYPD via AP)

    FILE- In this July 2016 file photo provided by the New York Police Department, a hoax bomb that was thrown into a patrol car on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, is displayed near Columbus Circle in New York. Hector Meneses, who is accused of flinging the fake bomb into a police van in Times Square has been ordered by a New York City judge to undergo psychiatric examination to determine whether he's fit to stand trial. A Manhattan judge ordered the exam Wednesday, July 27. (NYPD via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this July 21, 2016 file photo provided by the New York Police Department, a police robot sits next to a suspect's vehicle following a standoff at Columbus Circle in New York. The driver, Hector Meneses, who is accused of throwing a fake bomb into a police van in Times Square that resulted in the standoff, has been ordered by a New York City judge to undergo psychiatric examination to determine whether he's fit to stand trial. A Manhattan judge ordered the exam Wednesday, July 27. (New York Police Department via AP )

    FILE- In this July 21, 2016 file photo provided by the New York Police Department, a police robot sits next to a suspect's vehicle following a standoff at Columbus Circle in New York. The driver, Hector Meneses, who is accused of throwing a fake bomb into a police van in Times Square that resulted in the standoff, has been ordered by a New York City judge to undergo psychiatric examination to determine whether he's fit to stand trial. A Manhattan judge ordered the exam Wednesday, July 27. (New York Police Department via AP )  (The Associated Press)

A man accused of tossing a fake bomb into a police van in Times Square is headed for a psychiatric examination to determine whether he's fit to stand trial.

A judge ordered the exam Wednesday as Hector Meneses (mehn-EH'-sehs) was arraigned by video from a hospital. Meneses has been there since his arrest last Thursday.

The 52-year-old hasn't entered a plea to the false-bombing and false-reporting charges. His lawyer hasn't returned a call seeking comment.

Security video showed a passing driver flinging an object through the police van's open window.

Sgt. Hameed Armani and Officer Peter Cybulski (sih-BUHL'-skee) say the device flashed and clicked. They were lauded for driving away from crowds before getting the object out of the van.

Police say Meneses then engaged officers in an hours-long standoff.