Judge: Serial burglar’s mental health prevents defense

Hector Mondt has been arrested more than 50 times

Hector Mondt, September 2021 (Clacamas County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Oregon (KOIN) – A man has committed a style break-in and arrests of more than 50 civilians this week because his mental health issues will prevent him from helping his defense.

Last week, a judge ruled that Hector Mundt would never be able to help his defense or bring him back to efficiency for the foreseeable future, halting his criminal cases.

Amanda Marshall, an attorney who performs civil obligations, was not involved in Mondt’s case. But she told KOIN 6 News that when this happens, the person is in the care of the Oregon Health Authority and it is up to the doctor to decide what level of treatment is needed — which could include an outpatient trial visit.

Six most recent booking photos of Hector Mundt clockwise: September 3, 2021; June 30, 2021; January 4, 2021; November 30, 2020; August 18, 2020; February 5, 2020 (Clacamas County Sheriff’s Office/Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

“Sometimes people are put on a test visit very quickly. Sometimes civil obligations expire after two weeks and sometimes up to 180 days,” Marshall said. “The hospital has the option to call the county and say, ‘I don’t think this person is ready to go yet, let’s renew the civic commitment and you can renew it again. “

Our system does not allow people to stay longer than a year, Marshall said, even if there is a need for continued treatment. She also said the lack of available mental health resources is a huge problem in Oregon and why she sometimes sees people fall through the cracks.

She said there were cases where the civil obligation was dropped after a month and people were back in court within a few weeks.

Victims told KOIN 6 News that they are concerned about what might happen if Mundt is released early and doesn’t get the help he needs.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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