Scottsbluff man accused of attempting to burglarize Gering residence

February 28, 2019

GERING — A 20-year-old Scottsbluff man is accused of attempting to break into a Gering residence.

Fernando L. Lugan-Diaz, aliases Fernando Lugan and Fernando Diaz, has been charged with burglary, a Class IIA felony. He was arraigned in Scotts Bluff County Court Wednesday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Gering Police investigated a report at about 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the 1100 block of 12th Street in reference to a report of someone breaking into the residence via a basement window.

An arriving officer observed a parked, unoccupied, but running vehicle to the north of the residence and noted the description and license plate of the vehicle. As another officer walked up to the residence, a man came walking away with his hands in the air and told officers his name was “Fernando.” The man told police he had come to the residence to find a friend.

The occupant of the residence told police he had heard what he believed to be glass breaking as he was readying for bed and observed that a window above appliances in a basement room had been broken out. He said he then heard a knock on his door and answered it, observing the man, who he knew as “Smiley” and identified as Lugan-Diaz at the door and asking for the resident’s roommate and looking for money. The resident said he called 911 after telling Lugan-Diaz to leave the residence.

Police questioned Lugan-Diaz, who denied having gone to the back of the house. However, police observed that sole patterns on his shoes matched those in the back of the home. The man then claimed that he was not entering the house, according to police, but had come to the home to serve as a distraction as another friend attempted to break into the residence.

Police arrested Lugan-Diaz, who was jailed at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.