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Angelo Smith, last to see Bianca Tanner, is arrested in Chicago

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com
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    Angelo Grayson Smith Jr.,
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    Bianca Tanner

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., the boyfriend of missing teacher Bianca Tanner and the last person to see her before she disappeared, was captured in Chicago on Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Smith was wanted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Details about his arrest or his potential extradition back to Mecklenburg weren’t available Thursday, said U.S. Marshals Deputy Otis Hamilton.

A CMPD police spokeswoman said the department had detectives in Chicago who identified Smith after the arrest.

It’s unclear why Smith was in Chicago. A search of public records shows Smith’s father lived in Cook County in Illinois for about a decade. Chicago is the seat of Cook County.

It’s also unclear whether the arrest warrant is connected to Tanner’s case, which has gained nationwide attention. CMPD has ruled the case a homicide.

Smith’s attorney, Kenneth Snow, has told reporters that Smith was not on the run. Snow did not return a message seeking comment Thursday.

No one has been arrested in connection with Tanner’s disappearance.

Smith is the last person to see Tanner, who moved to Charlotte from Greensboro last month, looking to be in a bigger city. She had a lead on a job with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Project LIFT, which seeks to improve educational opportunities for students at West Charlotte High and its eight feeder schools.

Smith told police that Tanner walked out of their apartment just north of uptown after an argument June 7. Two days later, police searched the apartment for evidence that Tanner had been assaulted by Smith.

Police obtained the search warrant after interviewing Tanner’s 3-year-old son. The boy told investigators Smith had struck Tanner with a belt and “hurt Mommy in the face.”

“Mommy got a spanking with the belt,” the search warrant quotes the child as saying. “Angelo kicked Mommy’s butt and made her cry. ... Angelo is mean to Mommy.” Staff researcher Maria David contributed.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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