ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man says a former New Mexico congressional candidate accused of stalking an opponent and slashing the tires on her vehicles also slashed his tires when they were neighbors in El Paso.
Kenneth Propps told The Associated Press on Friday that Gary Smith slashed the tires of a number of family vehicles following a dispute over damage from a 2007 wind storm. Propps said Smith unsuccessfully sued him twice after a piece of an air conditioning unit tore off and [auth] damaged Smith’s skylight.
The account, first reported by the Santa Fe Reporter, also said Propps caught Smith slashing a tire and Smith stabbed him. Smith was never charged in those cases.
Smith appeared in court Friday for violating conditions of his release in the Albuquerque tire slashing case. A judge had ordered him to stay away from Janice Arnold-Jones, the Republican nominee in the congressional race, but surveillance video showed his car slowly passing in front of Jones’ home days later.
Judge Daniel Ramczyk ordered that Smith be held on $100,000 cash-only bond. Court officials said that’s in addition to the $50,000 bond that had been set during his initial release.
Ramczyk told Smith that the conditions of release were simple and that he was “a very real and significant danger” to the Jones family.
Smith told the judge that the Joneses shouldn’t worry. He requested a public defender during the hearing, but one has not yet been appointed, court officials said.
Smith moved from El Paso in February 2012, according to Propps.
“He tortured us for a long time,” he said. “He forced us to buy thousands of dollars’ worth of security equipment.”
Propps said the security cameras caught a man with a mask slashing tires using an ice pick on a number of occasions. He said the cameras caught an image of the back of a man who was believed to be Smith, but police said at the time that it wasn’t enough evidence to charge him.