(ALBUQUERQUE) KRQE — A former congressional candidate who police say has
been on a tire-slashing binge may have paid another unwelcome visit to the home of his political rival New Yearâ€™s morning.
Gary Smith was arrested on Friday, charged with slashing Janice Arnold-Jones tires.
When he was released on bond, he was told not to go back to the house, but Arnold-Jones says thatâ€™s exactly what happened.
â€śMy husband had come out to get a newspaper; he heard a car backing up, went out to the curb and saw that it was Gary Smith,â€ť Arnold-Jones said. â€śI think he needs to be off the street. I think he's creating a lot of damage. Will that escalate to hurting people? I don't know, but I don't want to take a chance.â€ť
Arnold-Jones says surveillance video shows Smithâ€™s car slowly backing away from the house.
Smithâ€™s former campaign manager, Rhead Story, says Arnold-Jonesâ€™ home wasnâ€™t Smithâ€™s only stop New Yearâ€™s morning.
Story says he woke up to more slashed tires. All told, he says heâ€™s had to replace 54 tires because of Smith.
â€śI'm scared for my children; I'm scared for everyone else who is involved,â€ť Story said. â€śSomething has gone wrong.â€ť
â€śWe can't keep this up,â€ť he said. â€śYou can tell - we haven't been able to get the tires fixed.â€ť
Police say more arrest warrants for Smith will likely be issued soon, including one for violating the terms of his release.
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