Sandia Park man indicted for stalking

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A 22-year-old Sandia Park man was indicted by a Valencia County grand jury on aggravated stalking charges of his ex-girlfriend who deputies said he tried to kill in 2011.

Andrew Smoot was indicted on separate charges that include aggravated stalking and bribery of a witness, after deputies said he contacted ex-girlfriend Emilie Deans through email and Facebook, following a May 2011 incident where Smoot is alleged to have planned to set Deans' house on fire.

On May 25, 2011, Smoot told deputies he intended to set fire to the girl's home and had parked his Nissan Maxima with a bottle of lighter fluid on the trunk before a deputy saw the suspicious vehicle while on a routine patrol.

Deputies also found an open package of Latex gloves, an open package of face masks, anti-freeze and a package of steaks.

Smoot told deputies he intentionally soaked the steak with anti-freeze and threw it over the fence for the family's dog to ingest.

He said he wanted the dog to be incapacitated so he could approach the residence, according to court documents.

He is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated attempted arson, one count of aggravated stalking, one count of extreme cruelty to animals and one count of aggravated stalking.

Deputies said Smoot contacted Deans through email and Facebook while he was out on bond during a period from June 21, 2011 to May 1, 2012.

Smoot is alleged to have continued to harass the woman by using her information and hacking into her accounts and acting as if it were the girl.

Deputies said Smoot used spy software to hack into the girl's accounts to create messages and sent Deans numerous messages from different user names that told Deans she should leave Smoot alone.

In April, District Court Judge Richard Knowles revoked Smoot's conditions of release. His parents paid a $100,000 cash-only bond to release him.

According to Chris Marquez, pre-trial services officer, Smoot must wear an ankle bracelet as part of his standard conditions of release.

Marquez said Smoot cannot come into Valencia County without permission since Deans resides in the area.

Smoot must stay on the northeast side of Albuquerque, where his parents live. He is required to stay in that particular zone at all times.

His latest indictment includes: one count of aggravated stalking, one count of bribery of a witness, one count of tampering with evidence, 10 counts of computer abuse by entering false data and one count of obtaining a person's identity by electronic fraud.


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