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Police: Clearwater man threatened to kill woman as she held their baby

CLEARWATER — When police arrested a Clearwater man accused of threatening to kill the mother of his children, they found him with a loaded gun and marijuana, according to arrest reports.

Eris Roy Smith Jr., 28, of 2025 Rogers St., No. 228, was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the reports, Smith pulled a handgun on the woman Sunday night and said he would kill her after she told him she would no longer allow him to see their kids.

The woman was holding their 3-month-old infant at the time, Clearwater police said.

Early Tuesday morning, a police pulled over a vehicle in which Smith was a passenger. The officer noted the smell of marijuana, reports show.

After Smith consented to be searched, police found him with a black and silver .380-caliber handgun with one round in the chamber and five more in the magazine, reports show. He also had about two grams of marijuana in a plastic bag in his left shoe, police said.

At the time of his arrest, Smith was out on bond following a February charge of lewd or lascivious battery. In that case, police said a woman reported that she had seen Smith engage in a sexual act with a 15-year-old girl in November. The girl later admitted that she and Smith had sex, police said.

An arrest warrant was issued in January, but authorities were unable to locate Smith until a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy ran a check on his car registration in February and saw the warrant.

A hearing in that case is scheduled for June.

In 2003, Smith was sentenced to two years in prison after convictions for selling and possessing cocaine.

On Tuesday afternoon, he was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

Police: Clearwater man threatened to kill woman as she held their baby 05/17/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:37pm]
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