By Bill Diven

A man alleged to have slept on the conference table of a Placitas office is sleeping in the Sandoval County Detention Center these days charged with felony breaking and entering.

The first clue came when the owner of a building on State Road 165 found the glass front door at Placitas Realty shattered early on a Tuesday morning. The responding sheriff’s deputy reported he found Tin Luong Chan inside amid signs his suspect had made coffee and bedded down on the conference table on September 27.

Luong Chan, 39, claimed he was cold and hungry and simply needed a place to sleep when he threw a rock through the door glass, according to the incident report. The deputy also noted that when he searched the man’s pockets, he found a wrist ID bracelet from the detention center.

Damage to the door was estimated at $700, with a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property tacked on.

Court records indicate Luong Chan had been released from SCDC two days before the Sept. 27 break-in after being charged with battery upon a health care worker, a felony. A criminal complaint alleges he had been discharged from UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center but refused to leave, became unruly and struck a nurse.

Records in that case contend Luong Chan had prior misdemeanor and felony convictions, at least one of which involved violence, although details of those charges were not included.

Luong Chan, listed with an Albuquerque address, has not entered a plea in either case.

During Luong Chan’s arraignment on the latest charge, Magistrate Judge Delilah Montaño-Baca noted in the record he appeared nervous and unable to understand the charges, did not respond to questions and started yelling at transport officers. She suggested, and the prosecutor and public defender agreed, the case should be transferred to District Court to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

That action is pending, and Luong Chan remains in SCDC.


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