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Man caught befouling car indicted

By Ashley Meeks Sun-News reporter
Posted: 03/26/2010 12:00:00 AM MDT

LAS CRUCES - A teen who allegedly defecated in a man's car - thinking it was his girlfriend's - was indicted Thursday on multiple charges of criminal property damage.

Leaving work late the night of March 11, the car's owner reported finding 18-year-old Austin Horries Purifoy in the back seat of his Honda Civic, pulling up his underwear.

"This is your car?" Purifoy said, according to documents filed in court. "I thought this was Desiree's car."

Purifoy then allegedly got out of the car and ran west.
The car's right front window had been shattered with a rock, the glove box had been rummaged through and some coins had been taken from a film canister, the car's owner told police.

Police also discovered a cinder block had been thrown through the glass door of a business a few yards away from where the Honda had been parked. Footprints leading from the door to the Honda were later found to match Purifoy's shoes, which had a distinctive dot and circle pattern, according to court documents.

Located not long after by a nearby ditch, Purifoy allegedly told officers he was outside because he didn't want his "girlfriend" Desiree to see him smoking.

Purifoy, of the 2700 block of Ridgeway Court, was indicted Thursday by a Do-a Ana County grand jury on two charges of criminal property damage - for the broken glass door and the victim's car - and one charge of breaking and entering.

Las Cruces school district records show Purifoy dropped out from Las Cruces High School in December 2008. He remains incarcerated at the Do-a Ana County Detention Center, the jail confirmed Thursday.

Ashley Meeks can be reached at ameeks@lcsun-news.com; (575) 541-5462


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