A South Valley woman says a man is terrorizing her neighborhood, so now she’s taking matters into her own hands.
Veronica Galindo said her family has been terrified since they caught Anthony Carter peeping into her windows in October.
“I’m not going to let him scare us off,” she said. “It’s terrifying, especially for my kids.”
KRQE News 13 first reported last month when Galindo’s daughter’s boyfriend saw the suspected trespasser in the front yard and pinned him down until Bernalillo County deputies arrived.
Carter was let go because a state law says someone can’t be charged for trespassing in a yard like Galindo’s that didn’t have the proper “no trespassing” signs and a working gate to stop him from entering.
This week, Galindo said Carter is still a problem.
Her neighbor said he caught Carter in his backyard last Wednesday and filed a “no trespassing” order, so charges can be filed if Carter trespasses again.
Galindo wants to warn her neighbors about this suspected trespasser by passing out fliers that feature Carter’s mugshot from an arrest in a separate case last year. The fliers also describe the incident at her home last month and the proper protocols for displaying “no trespassing” signs.
“This is a method that we don’t see very often. However, it is great that the citizen has taken it upon herself to communicate with her neighbors,” BCSO Deputy Felicia Maggard said. “There are apps such as Nextdoor where neighbors communicate often and putting out a flier is something similar to that.”
While BCSO won’t say whether it condones posting someone’s criminal history and mugshot for the neighborhood to see, it said that neighbors should maintain communication with law enforcement.
“We do want to stress that we never recommend someone take law enforcement action into their own hands and instead be a very good witness,” Maggard said.
Galindo can’t get a “no trespassing” order against Carter until she makes the necessary changes to her fence and yard. She said in the meantime she bought a security camera and plans to file a restraining order.
In August of last year, Carter was charged with child abuse and aggravated assault for throwing rocks at two kids on that same street.
A judge later ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him.