SAWYER COUNTY -- A criminal complaint has been filed against Carlos D Smith, of Hayward, WI, following an incident on November 8, 2020, during which Smith allegedly robbed someone at knifepoint, taking $50.00.
Sawyer County Dispatch received a 911 call on November 8, 2020, shortly after 6:30p from an individual who stated they had just been robbed at knifepoint outside the Family Dollar store in Hayward, WI.
The victim of the alleged robbery provided to law enforcement a description of the suspect, as well as a description of the knife that was used, stating that while they were loading groceries into their vehicle, they were approached by a "Latino male, wearing a long brown leather coat and blue jeans".
The victim went on to say that as the male approached, the victim was putting away $50.00 cash into their wallet. The male suspect said, "Hey remember me! Give me that" and then grabbed the victim’s money out of their wallet with his left hand.
As the victim began to raise their right hand to defend themselves, the suspect allegedly pulled a knife out of his waistband, swinging it at the victim. The victim fled the scene in their vehicle.
Officers went to the Family Dollar store and in the parking lot located a male who matched the description provided by the victim. The male was identified as Carlos D. Smith, according to the criminal complaint. During a safety search of Smith, Officers located a knife matching the description provided by the victim.
When asked what happened in the parking lot, Smith allegedly told Officers that someone had approached him outside the Family Dollar store wanting to purchase drugs and that when Smith told the person that he doesn’t sell drugs, the person tried to stab Smith with an unknown object.
Sawyer County Dispatch advised the Officers on the scene that there was an active arrest warrant for Smith for failure to appear in court on a pending Sawyer County Circuit Court case charging him with Operating While Revoked. The criminal complaint goes on to state that while taking Smith into custody on the arrest warrant, Officers found $50.00 cash in the same denominations as described by the victim in Smith’s pocket. Officers also found a glass smoking device which tested positive for methamphetamine.
Smith is facing charges of Class C Felony Armed Robbery with Threat of Force; Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct; and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia.
Online circuit court records show that Smith was placed on $2,500 cash bond at a hearing on November 8, 2020, and appeared most recently on December 14 for a preliminary examination hearing at which the Court found probable cause to bind his charges over for trial. Smith is scheduled to appear again in January 2021.
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