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Family hostage taker fit for trial
January 16, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

The man accused of shooting his sister in the hand while she tried escaping the South San Francisco home where he held their family hostage is mentally fit to stand trial on two dozen felony charges including premeditated attempted murder, according to court-appointed doctors.

The decision means Alvin Baja Luis, 57, of San Francisco, will be not be treated at a state mental hospital but instead prosecuted on the charges which also include residential burglary and several counts each of felony assault with a firearm, false imprisonment and making criminal threats.

Criminal proceedings were reinstated and Luis was scheduled for jury trial March 4.

Prosecutor say on Nov. 20, 2011, Luis arrived at his sister's home at 521 Spruce Ave. with duct tape, ammunition and two guns. Luis, reportedly angry about his deceased mother's estate, is accused of brandishing a pellet gun and a handgun toward the seven people inside which included his two sisters, children and family friends gathered for a football game. He reportedly hit one sister in the back of the head with a weapon, kicked another sister in the stomach and shot one in the hand when the group tried escaping out a bedroom window.

Luis fled to a Carl's Jr. in San Francisco where he was later apprehended. Officers also reported recovering the weapon and finding the tape and a bag of ammunition at the crime scene.

Luis was about to start a jury trial Dec. 3, 2012 when that morning his attorney raised questioned about his competency which is the ability to aid his own defense at trial.

He remains in custody without bail.

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