Former NM Candidate Jailed In Stalking

A Friday court hearing is set for a former New Mexico congressional candidate already accused of slashing the tires on his opponent's vehicles and now accused of aggravated stalking.

Gary Smith has been jailed since being arrested Wednesday by Albuquerque police.

The Albuquerque JournalĀ  reports that the husband of Janice Arnold-Jones told police he spotted 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 election ballot as a result of a lawsuit filed by Arnold-Jones' supporters.

Smith was arrested Friday evening and accused of criminal damage for allegedly slashing tires of two vehicles outside Arnold-Jones' home on Dec. 20. He denies doing that.

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