Felon Convicted Of Assaulting A Federal Officer With A Dangerous And Deadly Weapon
Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Abasi Akeem Smith (30, Orlando) guilty of assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous or deadly weapon. Smith, who was on federal supervised release at the time and whose criminal history includes multiple drug-trafficking convictions, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 25, 2017. Smith was indicted on September 21, 2016.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on March 30, 2016, task force officers with the U.S. Marshals Service Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force were seeking to apprehend Smith pursuant to a felony arrest warrant, and they located Smith while he was driving a vehicle. When the officers attempted to block Smith into a parking lot to arrest him, Smith rammed one of the vehicles that an officer was driving, then attempted to escape before hitting a fence and an unoccupied vehicle. Smith subsequently jumped over the fence and fled on foot, but the officers were able to apprehend him.
This case was investigated by U.S. Marshals Service, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Embry J. Kidd.