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Burlingame ATM Thief's Sanity in Question

The trial for Daniel Thomas Cassidy has been postponed to June 17 while his sanity is questioned.

Burlingame ATM Thief's Sanity in Question

The trial for a man who held up a woman at knifepoint at a Burlingame ATM has been postponed to June 17 while his sanity is questioned. 

Last August 28, a victim was using an ATM at the Wells Fargo Bank in Burlingame when Daniel Thomas Cassidy, 25, approached her, brandished a knife and told her to withdraw $100, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

He repeated this three times while holding the knife. The victim withdrew the cash while Cassidy grabbed it and ran away. 

The victim called 9-1-1 and gave a physical description of Cassidy. A nearby Burlingame Police Officer then saw him walk towards a pickup truck, get in, and drive away.

The officer followed, using his lights and siren to try to make a traffic stop, but the Cassidy took off, driving 60 miles per hour in 35 and 25 mile per hour zones. 

Cassidy lost control, speeding around one turn and crashed into a car, injuring the victim.

Cassidy drove on the sidewalk, and continued to flee to Hillsborough where he again lost control going around a turn.

He drove off the road, and into vegetation and ivy where his car became stuck. He exited and tried to run away, while the officer fired two taser shots, neither which worked.

The officer saw that Cassidy had a knife, struggled with him, cuffed him and then saw that he had cut himself in several places, including two puncture and stab wounds to his abdomen.

He was transported to the hospital to be put under a psychiatric watch and eventually released to the County Jail.

Cassidy remains in custody in San Mateo County Jail on $100,000 bail. His trial will take place on June 17 at 8:45 a.m. 

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