Amherst sexual assault suspect arrested after police ground and air search

Joshau Edward SmithFrom the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The Amherst Police Department arrested Joshua Edward Smith on Monday March 31st following tips from local residents.  Mr. Smith, a 19 year old male of Buffalo Springs Turnpike, Amherst, was recently featured on Crime Stoppers as a wanted person.  Following a tip yesterday, Deputies from Nelson County, Amherst County, Troopers from the State Police and Officers from Amherst Town Police spent a number of hours searching the Gladstone area for Mr. Smith.  In an initial attempt to flee officers, Mr. Smith fled a residence on Old School House Road in Nelson County and ended up crashing nearby in Amherst County.   Following the crash, officers searched the Gladstone area for several hours. They were aided by a tracking canine from Amherst County Sheriff’s Office and a helicopter from the Virginia State Police.  Mr. Smith was located and arrested shortly before midnight and taken into custody.  He is charged with Rape, Forcible Sodomy, and Object Sexual Penetration. He is being held without bond pending a preliminary hearing in Amherst General District Court.

 

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