The man responsible for sexually assaulting an elderly woman last weekend is now behind bars.
Ron Smith, 42, was arrested on December 9, 2021, and is facing multiple charges including sex battery with a deadly weapon, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister.
At 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 27, 2021, a suspect approached a woman in her 70s near the intersection of Central Avenue N and Celestial Oaks Road in the Lake Magdalene area. The victim was taking a morning walk when the suspect asked her to give her money and cigarettes. She told him she didn’t and continued walking.
A short time later, the victim found a wallet on the ground that she had picked up and was about to take out, but before returning home, the suspect followed the victim, appeared and snatched the wallet from her hand. He pressed her to the ground, covered her nose and mouth, told her he had a knife, and began sexually assaulting her on the side of the road, which was not a high-traffic area. About 15 minutes later, the suspect fled the scene.
The victim reported the sexual assault the same day, and the suspect’s DNA was collected and submitted to FDLE. A match was found involving Ron Smith through a previous arrest for robbery in Pennsylvania.
A search of Ron Smith’s criminal history reveals that he is known to use several aliases, including “Stephen D Smith”. Further investigation revealed that Stephen D Smith was arrested by the Tampa Police Department on December 2, 2021 after robbing a woman’s wallet and cell phone at Julian B Lane.
Smith was located and arrested the same day on Willow Avenue in Tampa and released from prison on December 5, 2021. Comparing Ron Smith and Stephen D Smith helped detectives determine that they were same person.
With the aid of surveillance video released to the public, Smith was discovered and arrested by congressmen on Thursday afternoon, December 9, while walking on the 4300th block of N Florida Ave. Smith, who is homeless, has multiple convictions, including multiple felonies. assault and robbery in New York, Texas and Pennsylvania.
Smith is currently facing false-armed imprisonment, robbery with a deadly weapon and two counts of sex with a deadly weapon.
Police Chief Chad Chronister said: “No one should be afraid to walk the streets of their neighborhood, especially during the day. “Violent acts like this are unacceptable, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that this man spends a very long time in prison. I am proud of our detectives for working tirelessly to identify and arrest this suspect, and I commend this sexual assault survivor for having the strength to report this crime, and ultimately, help us get a dangerous person off our streets. “
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