Niagara Gazette

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May 15, 2013

One of Falls' most wanted caught

Niagara Gazette — One of Niagara’s Most Wanteds is no longer on the run.

Falls police finally caught up with Donald “D Block” Smith on Monday night, but not without a bit of a fight.

Acting on a tip, patrol officers, along with Falls police warrants officers and investigators from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service, spotted the felony fugitive in the area of 13th Street and Pierce Avenue.

“We’d had a couple of sighting in the past,” Falls Police Detective Lt. Mike Trane said. “But he’d always run and we didn’t have enough officers (in the area) to catch him.”

When Officers Michael Badaloto and James Woomer first caught sight of Smith, as he had before, he began running. But this time, other officers along with deputies and marshals were nearby to help. 

Badaloto chased Smith into the 1300 block alley of Lasalle Avenue, where he tackled the suspect. Smith began to fight with Badaloto but was then subdued by Warrants Officer Troy Earp.

Once he was in cuffs, Smith told officers he was ready to stop running.

“He said, ‘I was gonna turn myself in tomorrow.’,” Trane said. “I think we hear that more often then guys saying, ‘I didn’t do it.”

Smith, 27, 2406 Lasalle Ave., was charged with 13 counts of failure to appear, two counts of second-degree bail jumping and five counts of third-degree bail jumping.

He had been sought in connection with several violent incidents including at least one domestic violence case. 

In those instances, Smith was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal contempt, first-degree criminal sex act, second and third-degree assault, two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of second-degree menacing,third-degree menacing, criminal obstruction of breathing, second-degree harassment, endangering the welfare of a child, and third-degree criminal mischief.

His attempts to avoid capture also netted Smith charges of second-degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

In one of the cases involving Smith, he is accused of firing a gun at another man. Police had said Smith should be considered armed and dangerous.

“We were very happy to get this guy off the streets,” Trane said. 

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