WILLMAR — A Willmar man who is facing assault and robbery charges in two separate cases has been found incompetent to stand trial.

As a result, the charges against Darnell Dante Thomas, 31, will be suspended until such a time the court determines he is competent to participate in the proceedings. If the cases are not prosecuted within three years, the charges will be dismissed against Thomas, who is currently being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

As part of the process, the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office must notify the court whether or not it intends to file a petition for civil commitment.

In June, Thomas was charged with two felony counts of assault in the second degree for allegedly wielding a large knife and cutting a man in the shin during an assault near First Street in Willmar.

In July, Thomas was charged with four felony counts, including two counts of aggravated robbery in the first degree and two counts of second-degree assault, for allegedly robbing a man and woman at knifepoint at his apartment in Willmar.

Thomas has prior convictions for terroristic threats from 2011 and 2018.