Assault victim relieved by arrest; worries about suspect

Assault victim relieved by arrest; worries suspect will attack again if released

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Stacy Smith (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Stacy Smith (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
A woman allegedly assaulted at the Alcoa Big Lots says she is worried the suspect may try to attack someone else. A woman allegedly assaulted at the Alcoa Big Lots says she is worried the suspect may try to attack someone else.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A Maryville man was arrested for attempting to rape three women in ten days. One of the victims told 6 News she is worried that if given the chance, the suspect would attack again.

That victim, who does not want to reveal her identity, is the woman police said Stacy Elijah Smith attempted to assault in the Big Lots store in Alcoa last month.

Smith is charged with aggravated attempted rape in the Alcoa incident, and is charged in two separate incidents in Knoxville parks.

"It wasn't until the detective told me and I actually heard the words, ‘We've got him. He's been arrested,' that I actually felt like I could exhale," the woman said.

Smith was placed on a $50,000 bond in Blount County and a $35,000 bond in Knoxville.

The woman said she believes Smith should have been denied bond.

The woman said Smith crawled under the bathroom stall at Big Lots Aug. 31 and tried to assault her.

She said only after kicking him and screaming, Smith ran off and left behind a hammer on the floor.

"I don't want to see anyone male or female, little boy or little girl, go through something like this," she said.

As the victim feared, Smith allegedly attacked two other women after her assault.

Smith is accused of approaching a woman with a knife along the Jean Teague Greenway on North Winston Road.

He's also charged in a third incident where police said he attacked a woman in a bathroom stall at Tyson Park.

"My heart goes out to them," the woman said. "He's not one that will have the intention or the mind set to stop. I truly do not believe that."

Authorities said they were able to catch Smith in part thanks to the tips they got after releasing surveillance video of Smith at Big Lots.

"I want him gone for the long haul," the victim said.

Smith will have his first court appearance Sept. 19 in Blount County.

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