Competency hearing for Milford man after tires slashed in Cumby’s parking lot

MILFORD – A judge ordered a mental health evaluation for a Milford man after police charged him with slashing numerous tires in the Cumberland Farms parking lot and setting small fires at his home.

Police said they received a call shortly before 6 a.m. Feb. 26 from the Nashua Street convenience store that someone was threatening a customer with a knife. Officers found James Ashley Frye, 51, of 102 High St., Apt. 7, on nearby Bridge Street “not making sense,” according to court documents, and took him into protective custody.

Police said they later learned that someone had slashed the tires of nine vehicles near Cumberland Farms and also threatened a woman with a utility knife.

They also said they learned that someone had started fires at 102 High St., one inside a mailbox and the other on the living room coffee table of Apt. 7 at 102 High St.

Frye is being held at the Hillsborough County House of Corrections in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. He is charged with nine counts of criminal mischief, one count of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, two counts of arson and two counts of drug possession, involving heroin and marijuana.

He was arraigned Feb. 26, and a court hearing scheduled for March 5 has been continued until May 7. Milford district court Judge Martha Crocker referred Frye for a mental health evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at or 673-3100, ext. 304.