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Woman charged in space alien dispute

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A City Different domestic dispute over space aliens somehow led a woman to pull a gun on her boyfriend – but not from a holster.

McCARTHY: Posted $5,000 bond, was released

McCARTHY: Posted $5,000 bond, was released

Jennifer McCarthy, 48, was arrested Saturday morning and booked into the Santa Fe County jail on a charge of aggravated assault on a household member, court documents state.

According to a police statement filed in Magistrate Court, McCarthy’s boyfriend told a deputy responding to a disturbance that McCarthy started performing a sex act with a silver handgun, asked, “Who is crazy, you or me?” then took the gun and pointed it at his head.

The gun came into play after the couple had argued about space aliens and McCarthy left the couple’s home on Aventura Road in Santa Fe, according to the boyfriend’s account.

When she came back, she went into the bedroom and came out dressed in lingerie and with the handgun in her private parts.

The boyfriend, who was not identified in the police statement, grabbed the gun after she pointed it at his head. He said he was afraid she was going to pull the trigger.

The boyfriend went into the bathroom and put the gun in the toilet. He told the deputy that when McCarthy went to retrieve the gun, he got it himself and put it in a trash can outdoors.

That’s where the deputy, who’d been dispatched to the house about 10:50 a.m., found the gun. The deputy arrested McCarthy and booked her on the aggravated assault charge.


A recording of the 911 call made by artist Jennifer McCarthy. The audio has been edited to remove offensive language.

She posted a $5,000 bond and was released from jail on Sunday, jail records show.

The deputy also talked to McCarthy. She admitted having a gun but maintained it had been “missing for a while.”

McCarthy acknowledged she had argued with her boyfriend earlier in the morning and that they had yelled “at each other and he told her not to touch him again,” the deputy’s report states.

But she did touch the boyfriend’s shoulder “with her index finger to aggravate him” and he put his hand on her neck but let go quickly. She told the deputy she hadn’t been afraid the boyfriend would strangle her.

The deputy’s report does not quote McCarthy as addressing the veracity of her boyfriend’s account of her use of the gun.

The gun the deputy retrieved from the trash can was a silver Smith and Wesson.

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