ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When it comes to Jacinth Gallaway, Albuquerque Police Department Officer Simon Drobik understands the community’s frustration.
“I feel for the community because this guy keeps coming back into the community and terrorizing people,” Drobik said.
KRQE News 13 first told you about Gallaway in late August after a concerned parent sent in a picture showing him grabbing himself. The parent said Gallaway was doing it in front of kids.
Other parents said they’d seen Gallaway do similar things.
“Some guy came up to me and said, ‘Hey man, that dude over there has got his hands in his pants and is looking at your son,'” said Marcus Houston.
A day after that story, police arrested Gallaway on a warrant from a prior indecent exposure case where he was cited for flashing someone along Central.
Gallaway’s bizarre defense for the park accusations was that he had an “injury on his penis.”
After a month behind bars, Gallaway was able to make a reduced bond. However, APD says it plans on filing additional charges soon for the Roosevelt Park incident.
“At this point, it doesn’t make the threshold for a felony crime,” Drobik said. “It’ll be transferred down to the field services officer for an indecent exposure crime, a misdemeanor crime.”
But don’t expect those charges to stick. Most of Gallaway’s prior cases have been dismissed after he was found mentally incompetent to stand trial.
According to a criminal complaint from a 2013 battery case, his sister told police Gallaway had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In his most recent indecent exposure case, Gallaway’s attorney has filed for another mental competency evaluation.
“It’s like a turnstile for us,” Drobik said. “We keep booking the guy, he keeps getting released.”
People KRQE News 13 spoke to at Roosevelt Park on Tuesday weren’t happy to hear about Gallaway’s case.
“I think that something needs to be done to get him off the streets,” said Zeke Reza.
“There’s got to be something they can do if he’s being a threat to society, a threat to our children,” said Christine Kelb.
Drobik expects the criminal summons for Gallaway’s most recent case will be filed in the next week or so.