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Gary Smith, ex-congressional candidate from New Mexico, arrested on aggravated stalking charge

Gary Smith Metropolitan Detention Center

(CBS/AP) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Former New Mexico congressional candidate Gary Smith was arrested Wednesday for aggravated stalking after already being accused of slashing the tires on his opponent's vehicles.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the husband of Janice Arnold-Jones told police he spotted 65-year-old Smith in a car idling in front of the couple's home on Tuesday.

Smith was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District last year. He was removed from the primary ballot as a result of a lawsuit filed by Arnold-Jones' supporters.

On Friday, Smith was arrested and charged with criminal damage of property after he allegedly slashed tires of two vehicles outside Arnold-Jones' home on Dec. 20. He denies the accusations.

Albuquerque police said Smith will undergo a psychological exam.

  • Crimesider Staff

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