Man accused in credit union hostage case not competent for trial

Police say Nicholas Humphrey held 13 hostage in credit union for 2 hours


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nicholas Humphrey, who is facing 13 counts of kidnapping, armed robbery and auto theft from last December’s hostage situation at the Community First Credit Union on Edgewood Avenue was ruled Thursday to be not competent for prosecution.

Humphrey, 24, has a history of mental health issues, according to his parents, and a court expert agreed.

Video surveillance video showed Humphrey walking in the Northwest Jacksonville branch just after it opened on Dec. 1. He had a gun, a dog on a leash and a pail of dog food. Police said he fired one shot into the ceiling.

The hostages --  seven of whom were employees at the credit union -- were freed when a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office SWAT team made entry. There were no injuries.

Humphrey will be placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families for treatment.