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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Tried To Run, But Couldn’t Run Far Enough



Sexual Predator From San Antonio Arrested In L.A.

San Antonio, TX – Barry Dewayne Smith, 50, was arrested yesterday by the United States Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSW RFTF) in Los Angeles, CA. An arrest warrant was issued for Smith, pursuant to an investigation by the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), on charges for sexual assault of a child.

In July of this year, the United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force Cold Case Squad (LSFTF CCS) was contacted by SAPD for assistance in the search for Smith. Task force officers initiated an investigation and discovered that Smith had previously fled from San Antonio, TX to Inglewood, CA. The LSFTF CCS contacted the PSW RFTF for assistance in locating and apprehending Williams. Yesterday afternoon, members of the PSW RFTF determined through investigative efforts that Smith was employed in Los Angeles, CA. Task force officers conducted a brief surveillance and later observed Smith at a local convenience store. Task force officers approached Smith, identified themselves, and arrested him without incident.

Smith is currently being held in custody at the Orange County Jail awaiting extradition to San Antonio.

On June 27, 2012, Smith was formally indicted by a Grand Jury in Bexar County on allegations of sexually assaulting a 15 year old female. A warrant for Smith’s arrest was issued the same day. Shortly after the alleged incident, Smith assumed the name Muhummad Raashad Ali before fleeing San Antonio, TX to Inglewood, CA. Due to the collaborative efforts of the LSFTF CCS and the PSW RFTF, Smith will be extradited to San Antonio to face charges for sexual assault of a child.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “I am thoroughly impressed with the investigative skills, persistence, and determination of our new Lone Star Fugitive Task Force Cold Case Squad.

Along with the collaborative efforts of the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, another sexual predator can prey on children no more. He tried to run, he tried to hide, he even changed his name, but he was captured and he will be held accountable for his actions.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

    New Braunfels Police Department
    San Antonio Police Department
    San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
    Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
    Comal County Sheriff’s Office
    Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
    Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
    Texas Office of The Attorney General
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
    U.S. Marshals Service

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