Maryville man, Stacy Elijah Smith, charged in Big Lots incident, also charged with park attacks in Knoxville
From Staff Reports
KNOXVILLE — An 18-year-old Maryville man charged Tuesday with attempted aggravated rape in connection with an attack on a woman at the Big Lots in Alcoa on Aug. 31 has also been charged with the same crime in two incidents at two Knoxville parks.
According to Deputy Chief Gary Holliday of the Knoxville Police Department, Stacy Elijah Smith, 18, who has recently been living at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, was charged with attacking a woman in a bathroom stall at Tyson Park last Saturday, and also approaching another woman Monday with a knife on the Jean Teague Greenway on North Winston Road in Knoxville.
Smith was also charged with observation without consent and false imprisonment from the Tyson Park incident. His bond will be $35,000 when booked on the charges in Knoxville, according to Holiday.
Smith was being held at the Blount County Jail pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court. Smith also is being investigated by the Knoxville Police Department in connection with other possible crimes.
Police officers responded at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 to Big Lots, 116 S. Hall Road, Alcoa, on the report of an attempted assault. A 53-year-old Tellico Plains woman reported that while she was using the restroom at the store, a man slid under her stall door and attempted to assault her while displaying a hammer. The woman kicked, screamed and fought off the suspect, at which point he fled from the store.
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