Aiken man accused of kidnapping

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

October 9, 2007

AIKEN, S.C.---23-year-old Barry Smith of Aiken has been arrested and charged with burglary and kidnapping.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office says Smith attacked 24-year-old Valerie Woods when she arrived home from work this morning shortly before 8 o'clock. Smith and Woods have two children together.

Woods was carrying a four-year-old boy and a handgun, and when Smith ran towards her, she fired at him. Deputies say Smith briefly ran away, then tried to attack again, and was fired upon a second time.

Investigators say Woods locked herself in the house, but Smith kicked open the door and dragged her to her car and drove away, leaving the child behind. The child was unhurt.

Deputies stopped the car on Lloyd Town Road and arrested Smith. Woods was uninjured and reunited with her son.

Since April 2006, the sheriff's office has responded to approximately 40 calls for service at Woods' address on Morningside Drive. Two calls were domestic disputes, and the remainder were burglaries, well-being and patrol checks.

Smith is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

News 12 talked to Valerie Woods. She says she was scared when Smith came after her. She never expected it and says it happened so fast.

She says Smith wanted to make sure their four-year-old son, who they had left alone at the house, got to the school bus on time. So he tried to call Valerie's grandmother, but Valerie told Smith the child was at home. Smith then drove back to Valerie's house. But he saw officers in the area and headed to Lloyd Town Road. That's where Smith and Valerie were found, safe.

We talked to some neighbors today who say this area was quiet.. until today. Ella Scttles calls the nieghborhood home for abot 30 years. She thought it was peaceful, "but evidently, something is happening to it."

And she's not alone.

"It seems to be a quiet neighborhood. I've lived here for a littel bit - it's been pretty quiet," says another neighbor.

All 30 years Ella's been locking her doors. Something that won't change after this.

"I lock them all the time but I'll be double locking them this time."


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  • by AUNITE J Location: INDIANA on Oct 11, 2007 at 09:47 AM
    HOLD UP SHE DID WHAT SHE HAD TO DO TO PROTECT HER SELF AND HER CHILDREN SHE WASNT GOING TO LET HIM RUN HER LIFE NO MORE AND YES I AGREE THE POLICE HAVE BEEN CALLED 40 TIMES THEY SHOULD HAVE DO SOMETHING MORE TO KEEP HIM AWAY
  • by Concerned on Oct 11, 2007 at 05:44 AM
    Sounds as if this family maybe having domestic problems that are being covered up. Why would a mother have a handgun on her when pulling up at her house with her 4 yeard old child being present.She had to have she some kind of idea that trouble may be in the making. I must be missing something because why would this father being calling to see if the son got on the bus. Then the mother pulls up with the 4 year old. Was the other child also left alone besides the 4 years old being left after Woods and Smith left and was later found. From what I know about the law this type of incident to occur soundS like someone should also be charged with Cruelty to Children. From this reports this had to be an ongoing problem. Come on 40 calls to that home since April of 2006 that should tell you something.
  • by Fran Location: Warrenville on Oct 10, 2007 at 04:19 PM
    I am just wondering if the cops have been called approximately 40 times, why hasn't something been done already? This is why people end up dead. The cops let it go and let it go and then they decide to do something AFTER it is too late!
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