Temper lands man in legal trouble

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By Mercy Lopez

A Las Vegas man who was already in trouble for allegedly violating his probation got himself in even deeper trouble last week.

The state Corrections Department says Bobby Lucero, 26, of the 100 block of Alamo Street, lost control and began kicking and overturning his probation officer’s desk when she told him he was being sent back to jail.

According to a news release from the Corrections Department Lucero reported to a regularly scheduled meeting with Michelle Roybal, his probation officer, on Thursday. Roybal informed him he was being detained for a probation violation.

Nick Piatek, interim spokesman for the department, said Lucero was arrested by city police for having a positive urinalysis, causing a technical violation of his probation.

At that point, Lucero became antagonistic, kicking and overturning the officer’s desk causing Roybal minor injury, the release states. Authorities say Lucero then tried to flee on foot but was detained by another officer until city police arrived. New Mexico State Police have since charged Lucero with battery on a peace officer and criminal damage to property stemming from the alleged probation office visit.

The day before, however, Lucero received additional charges to his criminal history.

San Miguel Magistrate Court records show that Lucero was charged with commercial burglary, a felony, and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, for an incident that occurred at about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the local Wal-Mart. Lucero allegedly tried to steal a vacuum and two comforters worth a combined $237.48. Lucero left the basket of items near the exit doors when he was approached by a store employee, court documents state. Lucero scampered to his vehicle, but the incident was caught on the store’s video surveillance. Magistrate Judge Philip Romero set Lucero’s bond at $10,000 cash only.

Lucero is originally on probation for non-residential burglary and possession of a controlled substance. Lucero pleaded guilty to both charges.

Messages left for Lucero’s attorney, Gerald Baca, were not immediately returned.