The banner read: “F—- Biden and anyone who voted for him,” Parks said.

“We had him remove it because it violated one of our building guidelines, which is that you can’t put flags in the window,” Parks said.

Pena, a Republican, is accused of conspiring and paying four men to carry out four shootings at Albuquerque-area homes belonging to two Democratic Bernalillo County commissioners and two state legislators, Albuquerque police said.

None was injured. An attorney for Pena could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Police said Peña may have been motivated by anger over losing his bid for a state House seat in November in a landslide victory over incumbent Democrat Miguel P. Garcia by 74% to 26%.

Pena claimed his loss was the result of voter fraud, Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque police spokesman, said at a news conference Monday.

Pena, who owns a unit in the gated community just a few miles from downtown Albuquerque, was generally a good resident but often feuded with neighbors whose political views disagreed with his own, Parks said.

Sharon Bode, who lives in the same building as Pena, recalled him «irritating people during election time.»

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He put vulgar signs on his windows and on his car that were “bashing Joe Biden,” Bode said.

«The people in the building were not happy,» he said.

Bode said his partner, who died a year ago, had several interactions with Pena.

“My partner had difficult and unsolicited conversations with him as he was going in and out of the building,” Bode said. «He is not a nice and polite person.»

Parks said Peña often expressed his political thoughts.

«You didn’t necessarily want to get on the elevator with him, because you might not have a nice conversation,» Parks said. «It was a bit belligerent in his tone at times.»

The Pena building was relatively quiet Tuesday night, unlike Monday, when about 35 SWAT team members arrived with two snipers keeping watch from the top of an adjacent building.

Deon J. Hampton reported from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Mirna Alsharif from New York.