Former congressional candidate Gary Smith, who is already accused of slashing Janice Arnold-Jones and other Republican operatives’ car tires may have violated the terms of his jail release early New Year’s day.
Post updated with video below.
Smith, who was arrested and charged with felony criminal damage to property on Friday after the Santa Fe Reporter posted surveillance video showing him puncturing Arnold-Jones truck tires, had been ordered by an Albuquerque Metropolitan Court judge to stay away from his victims' homes after he posted bail.
But, Arnold-Jones' husband John Jones posted on his Facebook page that he saw Smith parked outside his home early Tuesday.
"Smith pulled up in front of our neighbor’s house this morning at 0721 [am] (almost to our mail box),” Jones wrote. “He saw me at 0722, backed up and took off.”
Jones says Smith was driving a red Saturn and wearing a black jacket similar to the one he was seen wearing in the surveillance video a few weeks earlier.
Jones claims he has new video documenting the early morning visit and is encouraging Smith to turn himself in for violating his bail conditions.
Smith’s former campaign manager Rhead Story tells SFR he found his Kia’s four tires flat this morning. Story has had 40 tires punctured since June.
Peter St. Cyr is a contributing writer for the Santa Fe Reporter and can be reached via email at Peter.St.Cyr@gmail.com