Police: Registered sex offender already wanted on other charges caught after he 'stalked' woman at Walmart

Tony Smith was captured by Batesburg-Leesville Police Department officers. (Source: Batesburg-Leesville Police Department)
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Friday, May 17, 2019

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- A registered sex offender already wanted by multiple South Carolina law enforcement agencies was arrested after he allegedly "stalked" a woman inside a Walmart.

According to the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, Tony Travis Smith, Jr. has since been charged with assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, driving under the influence, driving under suspension for DUI, failure to stop for blue lights, and habitual offender.

Police say they were called to Walmart on May 16 after reports from a woman who said she was being stalked by a strange man.

A brief time later, officials said another woman reported that the same man made made sexually explicit and inappropriate comments to her at a Hardee's.

Officers found the suspect, identified as Smith, and attempted to perform a traffic stop on the car he was driving. Smith, officers said, took officers on a chase, weaving in and out of traffic, until he crashed the car.

Smith continued to try and escape officers, but he was eventually captured.

BLPD Chief W. Wallace Oswald said he was “proud of his officers for taking a such a dangerous individual off the streets and out of our community.”

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