Lt. Col. Alexis Fecteau
An officer in the U.S. Air Force is in hot water after admitting to vandalizing cars with pro-Bush bumper stickers at Denver International Airport.
Lt. Col. Alexis Fecteau, 42, is director of reserve operations at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, and turned himself into authorities after being caught in a sting operation, where detectives used a bait car to attract the vandal.
“It was pretty good police work,” Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson told KUSA-TV. “You still have a right to express yourself in this country and you shouldn’t have your car vandalized because of it.”
Authorities say Fecteau is responsible for damaging at least 12 cars in the airport’s parking lot, using keys or a key holder to scratch the finish, or a spray-paint can to leave his own political message, including one that stated, “F— Bush.”
That obscene message was left on the vehicle of Jeremy Kinney of Denver, who attended Yale University with Bush in the 1960s, and has remained friends with the president.
“You feel violated in a sense when something like this happens, but it was more disappointment than anger,” Kinney told the station. “It just reinforced to me the lack of political discourse that takes place in this country, polite political discourse. There is so much anger in politics that I find it not only counterproductive but annoying and disappointing.”
Inside Fecteau’s 2001 Ford Excursion, police found paint, paint thinner, and a tube of Park Tube Polylube, a grease used for bicycle repairs.
Fecteau faces a single count of felony criminal mischief and at least five other misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief. He’s free after posting a $5,000 bond and is slated to return to court later this month.
An Air Force spokesman said the service has not taken any action against Fecteau, as it allows the legal process to continue through local law enforcement.