CCSO: Palominas assault suspect in custody

CCSO: Palominas assault suspect in custody
Michael Smith (Source: Cochise County Sheriff's Office)

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Cochise County Sheriff's Office has their man, or rather suspect, thanks to some air assistance from CCSO's Geronimo unit and an AlertSense community notification.

According to CCSO the incident began on Wednesday, May 2 deputies were called about an assault occurring at a home in Palominas.  When they arrived at the scene, the suspect identified as Michael Smith fled the area.

Deputies, air assistance from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Border Patrol searched for Smith, but were unable to locate him.

On Thursday, May 3 the CCSO Street Crimes Unit and the U.S. Marshals Service with help from the CCSO helicopter Geronimo, located Smith in Palominas. According to a CCSO news release he was arrested without incident.

Smith has been booked into the Cochise County Jail on the following charges: sexual conduct with a minor and sexual assault with a minor, he is being held without bond.

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