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Courthouse conversation helps put man behind bars

Iredell County officials say an alert sheriff’s detective led to an arrest of a man on charges of violating a domestic protection order.

Joshua Thomas Smith, 28, of Mooresville, was arrested last week after he allegedly got into an argument with an ex-girlfriend outside the Iredell County Courthouse in Statesville.

The sheriff’s office says Sgt. Sean Schutt was leaving the courthouse Sept. 3 when he noticed a couple talking. Schutt said the man’s conversation was very animated, and he said the man was standing very close to the woman. When the woman walked away, Schutt asked her if she was OK.

The woman told Schutt that she was scheduled for a hearing on a Domestic Violence Protection Order against the man, according to investigators. After Schutt determined the order was valid and in effect, he arrested Smith.

Investigators say the woman then told him she had gotten several text messages in preceding days from the man. After getting copies of the text messages, detectives say, additional charges were filed against Smith.

He was charged with five counts of domestic violence order violation and is being held without bond, Iredell County officials say.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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