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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Smyrna man arrested for allegedly assaulting girlfriend

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  • A Smyrna man was arrested Saturday and charged with terroristic threatening after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.
    On Saturday at 8:13 a.m. the Smyrna Police Department was contacted by a female victim who reported that her boyfriend assaulted her and stole her vehicle in the 400 block of West Glenwood Avenue in the Town of Smyrna.
    Police said the male suspect then allegedly made several threatening statements to the victim, the victim’s daughter, and the victim’s daughter's husband, stating he was going to shoot and kill them. The suspect also allegedly made several threatening statements about committing suicide and suicide by cop, which was recorded and observed by officers.
    Officers from the Smyrna Police Department tracked down the suspect to the limits of the City of Dover, and with the assistance of the Dover Police Department Special Operations and Response Team (S.O.R.T.) at approximately 5:15 p.m. the suspect was apprehended without incident, police said.
    Matthew M. Stanford, 50, of the 400 block of High Street in Smyrna, was taken into custody without incident. Stanford was first transported to the Kent General Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and was then later arrested for two counts of terroristic threatening, third degree assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Stanford was later arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court 7 via videophone and released on $2,000 secured bond.

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