An 18-year-old Maryville man is being charged with
attempted aggravated rape in connection with an Aug. 31 attack on a woman at the Big Lots in Alcoa,
Alcoa Police Department announced Tuesday.
Stacy Elijah Smith, 18, a
Maryville man who has recently been residing at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, 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
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 attempting to use 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.
incident, Alcoa Police Department released a store video of the incident, which led to a tip from
the public. Further investigation by Alcoa Police Detective Kris Sanders led to the arrest of