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Santa Fe woman, 75, accused of shooting up neighbor’s parked car

May 2, 2019

Police arrested a 75-year-old woman accused of shooting up a neighbor’s car parked Tuesday in front of her north-side Santa Fe apartment, court records show.

Julia Smith appeared intoxicated, and the inside of her apartment was “consistent with a hoarding situation” and difficult to search, police reports say.

During an interview with officers, Smith denied owning a gun, and she complained about the city of Santa Fe confiscating everyone’s firearms and about her neighbors stealing her medications and being mean to her, a report says.

Smith faces two counts of negligent use of a deadly weapon and criminal property damage, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court.

Police went to La Casa Loma Apartments at 100 Rio Vista Place at about 7 p.m. Tuesday after two people at the complex saw Smith leave her first-floor apartment, walk up to an unoccupied black Volkswagen Jetta, fire a revolver five or six times into the left front fender and walk back into the apartment, the complaint said.

Officers did not find any weapons and Smith denied involvement, but officers arrested her based on the witness statements, the complaint said.

Investigators said they found two “possible .38-caliber projectiles” on and under the Volkswagen, and they noted the scene was in a heavily populated complex and close to occupied apartments.

Police also arrested Smith on a 2018 warrant charging failure to appear in court on a traffic violation.