Armed, dangerous fugitive caught in West Charleston

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WEST CHARLESTON – Yesterday the U.S. Marshals arrested 31-year-old fugitive Douglas Carl Smith, in West Charleston.

Smith was being sought on multiple outstanding arrest warrants out of New Hampshire including aggravated felonious sexual assault, 2nd-degree assault, bail violations on underlying offenses for being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, failing to register as a sex offender, and lastly voting fraud.

Smith was a highly sought fugitive, who had been featured both as the New Hampshire “Fugitive of the Week” and featured multiple times nationwide on the television program Live PD: Wanted.

Authorities say it was a result of the countless tips and the hard work of investigators that led to Smith’s ultimate capture in West Charleston shortly before 6 p., last night.

Smith was located outside of a residence in the 1700 block of Hudson Road, where he had been staying with friends while using the name “Robert.”

Smith initially complied with commands, but once he figured out that he was about to be arrested he resisted attempts to place him in handcuffs.

He was quickly subdued with a Taser and handcuffed by the task force without any further incident.

A new additional fraud charge was filed against Smith yesterday in Vermont by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

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