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Kent Police apprehend man from state's most wanted sex offender list

Kent Police arrested Chris W. Smith, a sex offender on the Washington State Department of Corrections most wanted sex offender list. - COURTESY PHOTO, state DOC
Kent Police arrested Chris W. Smith, a sex offender on the Washington State Department of Corrections most wanted sex offender list.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, state DOC

Kent Police arrested a 24-year-old man Thursday from the Washington State Department of Corrections most wanted sex offender list.

Officers arrested Chris M. Smith for investigation of felony escape from community custody for first-degree rape of a child and second-degree robbery, according to a Kent Police media release.

Police chased Smith on foot before finding him in the back bedroom of an apartment.

An associate of Smith saw him on the most wanted list website and contacted police. The associate agreed to set up a meeting with Smith where officers could arrest him.

Once Smith arrived and with detectives watching, patrol officers moved in for the arrest in the area of Southeast 240th Street and 102nd Avenue Southeast.

Smith was on foot, saw the officers and fled on foot, defying orders from police to stop.

Smith ran into a nearby apartment, which was surrounded by officers. The three residents of the apartment, two women and an infant child, came out of the unit and denied Smith was inside.

With the help of the Renton Police K-9 team, officers searched the apartment and the dog captured Smith in a back bedroom.

“It is a good night when a child rapist is in jail and no officers were hurt," said Kent Police Sgt. T. Durham.

The state DOC issued a warrant for Smith on Dec. 23.


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