New Recreation Trail accessories to remain safe on that dangerous trail:
The DA’s Office said a man was biking home from work on the Recreation Trail in Monterey on July 28, 2000, when Sean Adams lunged out from the side of the trail and threw a jar full of acid at the cyclist, causing severe chemical burns to his face and upper torso. Officers located Adams after the attack and he still had the jar in his hand. Officers tried to detain him but he fought wildly and had to be pepper-sprayed before he could be subdued. The DA’s Office says Adams was extremely delusional, belligerent and screamed nonsensical statements.
In 2003, Adams was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to the Department of State Hospitals, where he has remained since then. Psychologists and psychiatrists working at the Department of State Hospitals make a recommendation to the DA’s Office for either release or continued commitment of Adams every two years and they recommended the continued commitment of Adams, 49.
Adams objected and was entitled to a jury trial to determine if he should be released. A Monterey County jury returned a verdict Thursday that his civil commitment should be extended two years.