ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque man accused of hurting many people may finally be stopped.
Police say Turan Johnson, 39, has attacked people for no reason again and again and again, but he's never been sentenced to jail for it.
Now, he's learning not to mess with the mailman.
Johnson has assault and battery charges dating back to 2004, and in every case except one the charges were dismissed, sometimes because of concerns over his mental health.
But now Johnson's accused of hitting a postal worker, a federal employee, which could come with a hefty punishment.
Court records suggest Johnson may have a problem with trespassing and breaking things, but he also has a slew of assault and battery charges.
Despite a stack of court records on him, with victims detailing—in some cases—brutal, random attacks, Johnson's had every case dismissed except one.
Just last year, police say Johnson was at Kim Long Asian Food restaurant in Northeast Albuquerque when he asked a man if he was Arab and then punched him so hard he gave the man a mild concussion.
KRQE was there in 2007 when Johnson appeared in court after more than a dozen UNM students said Johnson punched or kicked them.
"An Indian man threatened (inaudible) now I want 12 Chinese girlfriends," Johnson told the judge.
It is strange comments like that victims describe Johnson making during his alleged attacks.
In two cases, Johnson was found not competent for trial although in 2010, he was tried and convicted of aggravated battery and setting a room on fire at a Northwest Albuquerque group home.
Johnson struck a plea deal and was back on the streets with just probation.
A postal worker says he was delivering mail to a massage business in the heights when he came upon Johnson harassing a worker out front.
The mail carrier asked Johnson to stop, so Johnson beat him up.
Now, he's charged with assaulting and impeding a federal employee.
The postal worker told KRQE News 13 he is going to be fine and that he is more concerned with his accused attacker getting mental help.
Because Johnson was mentally incompetent and because all those past battery charges were misdemeanors, prosecutors had to cut him free under state law.
Johnson is expected to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after those findings of incompetency and his behavior Monday in court, but there will be no free pass with federal assault charges.
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