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Cops catch suspect in Santa Fe’s “Speedcam Commando” case

By   /   April 27, 2012  /   No Comments

The good people of Santa Fe can rest easy now.

The pajamas-clad guy who reallyreallyreallyreally hates those speed cameras that municipalities put up to photograph and ticket drivers who zip down the street too fast is apparently off the streets.

On Friday (April 27), police nabbed a 63-year-old man named Scott Powell.

A man fitting Powell’s description has become a multimedia sensation for appearing in front of a speed cam at 1:20 a.m. on April 11 and blasting at it at least five times with a handgun.

Here’s the video, courtesy of the Santa Fe New Mexican’s website:


The newspaper reports that the “Speed Cam Commando” was nabbed by Santa Fe’s Finest Friday (April 27) … but only after trying to escape in his Audi, sending police through the streets of downtown and even leading to a SWAT team standoff at a nearby doctor’s office.

Here’s the story of Friday’s bizarre arrest.


Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.


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