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Man Charged in Wick Road Standoff in Romulus

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Chad Alexander Smith, 33 (DOB: 03/04/1986) city of residence unknown, in connection with an attempted carjacking, shoot out with Romulus Police, a subsequent hostage situation and standoff in Romulus.

On August 3, 2018 at approximately 5:23 p.m., Michigan State Police were contacted by the Romulus Police Department for assistance regarding a previously injured man inside a residence in the 34540 block of Wick Road in Romulus. Shortly after the arrival of Michigan State troopers, and Romulus Police officers present, the standoff ended when the defendant surrendered.

It is alleged that on August 3, 2018, Defendant Smith attempted to carjack a Romulus resident in the 9370 block of Lisa Street but abandoned the attempt. It is also alleged that Smith jumped the backyard fence of the residence of the Wick Road address, encountered a dog and shot it. It is further alleged that Smith then encountered Romulus Police officers and a shoot-out ensued before he entered the residence. Smith was injured in the shoot-out and while in the residence, took a seven-year-old boy hostage for several hours before the standoff ended with the defendant's surrender to the police.

Smith has been charged with:

  1. Assault With Intent to Murder - two counts;
  2. Kidnapping;
  3. Carjacking;
  4. Home Invasion - First Degree;
  5. Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm - two counts;
  6. Felon in Possession of a Firearm;
  7. Animals - Killing/Torturing;
  8. Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing the Police - two counts and
  9. Felony Firearm - 11 counts. *

Prosecutor Worthy said, "We are very grateful that the young child was physically unharmed as a result of this incident. The fact remains, however, that Mr. Smith must face the serious criminal consequences of his alleged actions."

Smith was arraigned today in 34th District Court in Romulus and will remain in custody. He has been referred for competency; the court will inform the parties when the forensic reports are completed and will set a court date at that time. Please contact the Romulus Police Department for a photograph of the defendant.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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