Suspect arrested in attempted sexual assault

On July 22 at approximately 12:45pm, a female living on Mountain Valley Road in Blacksburg was at her mail box when a black male stopped and asked her for directions to Kings Mountain NC.

As the victim was giving him directions the suspect exited his vehicle and started toward her.

The suspect grabbed her and threw her to the ground and told her he would shoot her. The suspect tore the victim's blouse off and she began screaming. The suspect hit the victim in the mouth and then got in his vehicle and drove off toward N.C. The victim ran back to her house and called 911.

The suspect was stopped inside NC by a Cleveland County Deputy. The suspect is Fred Smith III, age 29, who gives his address as 440 Monroe St., Shelby N.C.

Smith was returned to Cherokee County were he was charged with Assault with intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree by Detective David Oglesby. Smith is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center and bond has been denied by the Magistrate.