ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department reports that a suspect has been arrested after allegedly vandalizing the Main Police Station early Wednesday morning. APD states officers responded to the station around 1 a.m. which is home to APD and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
Officers at the scene found graffiti that covered the southern steps of the building. Authorities state that racial slurs and inappropriate phrases were written in red spray paint along the stairs, walls, and exterior benches and planters.
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Officers at the scene were able to apprehend an offender who was later booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on felony criminal charges. A criminal complaint has identified 45-year-old Jennifer Otte has been charged with criminal damage over $1,000.
Police state that Otte was found on the property with a spray can in hand, painting the sidewalk. She denied she was responsible but police state that she was seen on surveillance video.
In 2016, Otte was accused of desecrating the memorial of slain APD Officer Daniel Webster. According to authorities, Otte was accused of throwing rocks, scattering flowers, and shredding stuffed animals at the memorial in addition to threatening people who reportedly witnessed the incident. Those charges were dismissed by prosecutors who said the state had not contacted witnesses in the case.
This is different than how she acted toward police in 2014. Otte yelled at protestors in the wake of the James Boyd shooting. What changed for Otte? At a 2015 city council meeting she again goes before councilors but this time she tells a story of when she called 911 a month earlier.
“The dirty APD cops showed up, that day, and let all of the armed drug dealers go,” Otte said.
Since that time, she has been arrested multiple times for vandalism and violence against the police — everything from throwing rocks at a police officer’s unit, spray painting swastikas on sidewalks and breaking windows. In May 2020, Otte was arrested for tagging the area around Kirtland Air Force Base. That’s when she told police that she would graffiti the main police station which she is charged with Wednesday morning.
In all of the charges, she is found incompetent to stand trial so they all get dropped. Police say they are tired of dealing with her. The Albuquerque Police Union president says he is not pleased this happened again. “This individual, if she wants to spray paint other people’s stuff causing damage she should be in jail and she should stay in jail until she changes her attitude. She is willing — doing this because she is not afraid of the criminal justice system,” said Shaun Willoughby, president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association.
Crews worked to clean up the graffiti.