Skip to comments.Air Force officer allegedly vandalized cars with pro-Bush bumper stickers
Posted on 08/09/2005 6:26:45 PM PDT by RandallFlagg
DENVER - Denver police say a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force has admitted to vandalizing cars bearing pro-President Bush bumper stickers at Denver International Airport.
Police say he's responsible for thousands of dollars in damage on at least 12 cars. Lt. Colonel Alexis Fecteau, 42, of Colorado Springs, turned himself in to Denver police Friday.
He is director of reserve operations at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, in charge of more than 40 full-time and traditional reservists.
In the arrest affidavit, Denver police say Fecteau admitted to damaging several cars after police conducted a sting-operation to catch the anti-Bush vandal.
"It was pretty good police work," said Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson. He said his department took this case very seriously. "You still have a right to express yourself in this country and you shouldn't have your car vandalized because of it."
Jackson said one of the detectives put out a bait car in late June, complete with a Bush/Cheney 2004 bumper sticker, in the west economy lot at DIA. On July 1st, with a security camera zoomed in to watch, an SUV drove by the bait car, and a short time later a man entered the scene. The man in the video appeared to spray paint something on the back of the car and then continued to do something on the side of the car.
When officers returned to the bait car, the bumper sticker had been painted over and the words "F--- Bush" were spray-painted on the side of the car.
Police used airport exit logs to trace the license plate of the SUV believed to be seen in the bait car surveillance video to Fecteau.
When Fecteau's SUV was spotted parked in the DIA lot on a subsequent visit, police impounded it. When Fecteau approached police about the whereabouts of his SUV, a DPD detective confronted him. Court records show that at that time, Fecteau admitted to the DIA vandalism and said he started damaging vehicles around "election time" last year.
The affidavit shows Fecteau told investigators he didn't mean the graffiti to be a threat against President Bush. He went on to admit he has scratched the same kind of graffiti into "a couple of cars" with his "keys and key holder."
Inside Fecteau's 2001 Ford Excursion, police found a bin full of products, including a tube of Park Tube Polylube, a grease used for bicycle repairs, a spray can of Kleen Strip Auto Strip paint thinner, and Krylon Textured Shimmer paint.
Fecteau faces one count of felony criminal mischief and at least five other misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief. Fecteau has posted a $5,000 bond and is due back in court later this month.
Air Force spokesperson Major Barbara Matthew told 9News in a phone interview Monday the service hasn't taken action against Fecteau in regards to the vandalism. Instead, Matthew said, the Air Force plans to allow due process through local law enforcement. Calls to Fecteau's work and home were not returned.
One of the vandalized cars belongs to Jeremy Kinney, owner of Kinney Oil Co. of Denver. Kinney is a long-time friend of President George W. Bush. The two attended Yale together in the 1960s and have remained friends ever since.
"You feel violated in a sense when something like this happens, but it was more disappointment than anger," said Kinney, who worked on both of George W. Bush's presidential campaigns.
Kinney had a "Bush for President" bumper sticker stuck on a tool-box located on his 1992 Ford truck. When he returned from a flight on June 19, he noticed the bumper sticker had been painted over and the words "F--- Bush" were painted on the side of the car.
It cost Kinney more than $250 to fix the damage. But, he said, there is a larger price to pay for this kind of vandalism.
"It just reinforced to me the lack of political discourse that takes place in this country, polite political discourse," Kinney said.
"There is so much anger in politics that I find it not only counter-productive but annoying and disappointing."
OH! And there's detailed instructions on how to make your own magnetic bumper stickers on your computers at my FReeper page!
If convicted, it is conduct unbecoming an officer. Loss of pension. Dishonorable discharge.
Hope the idiot thinks it was worth it.
Bush won Colorado, didn't he? ;-)
I'm going to enjoy watching this a**hole's career go up in smoke.
Liberal windbags don't think...that's just the beginning of their problems.
Yeah, but he'll still have DU. That makes it all worth it.
Any bets on punishment for this pinhead?
I bet Article 15 and full retirement.
First things first, pull his security clearance.
He will squeal loudest when he is stripped of his pension!
and I think this telephone colonel is soon to be tossed out of the service on his ear; forfieting everything, rank, pay, retirement points, security clearance because of a criminal conviction by civilian authority.
What was wrong? President Bush wouldn't let him join Stargate Command?
A Lieutenant Colonel? A bird? (Well, a chick.)
This bast@@@ is a disgrace to the uniform; and should be courts-martialed, on a number of counts.
This is an easy one for any competent JAG prosecutor.
Let's see if the political correctness subculture kicks in on this one...and ensures it is swept under the collective rug.
In a nutshell: "God Save Our Country... From Itself."
I'll bet this puke came in under the Clintonista "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" program. Time to make this boy a civilian. He seems to have a problem with America and should not be allowed in our military. IMHO, he is a security threat.
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