- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

BELEN, N.M. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man suspected of painting anti-police graffiti on the funeral home that handled the services for a Valencia County sheriff’s deputy killed last week in a crash.

Police say Daniel Kota turned himself in Thursday morning after an arrest warrant was issued. Security video led investigators to Kota.

He’s facing nearly a dozen counts of unauthorized graffiti.

Authorities say the Noblin Funeral Service home and other businesses were hit last weekend. The message painted at the funeral home began with an acronym for a profane insult toward police officers and finished with the words, “Crash harder next time.”

Deputy Ryan Thomas was responding to a call when the single-vehicle crash occurred in the Belen area. The 30-year-old officer was ejected after losing control of his vehicle.

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