Bail bond company has until May 9th to produce the body or cough up the cash


The company that wrote a $10,000 bond for a Gassville man facing charges stemming from a violent domestic altercation with his wife has been given more time to locate him.Thirty-seven-year-old Mitchell Smithey allegedly assaulted his spouse using a heavy iron skillet, razor blade and laundry detergent as weapons.

During a session of Baxter County Circuit Court last week, Judge John Putman gave the company until May 9th to either produce Smithey or forfeit the bond.

According to court records, the first failure to appear warrant was issued for Smithey in early November last year.

His bond was written by Fort Smith-based Exit Bail Bond. A company representative appeared in circuit court in mid-February to report on the progress of the hunt for Smithey and to request more time to locate the fugitive.

According to the probable cause affidavit, officers met Smithey's wife at a Gassville convenience store in the early morning hours of Oct. 10th last year. The woman had extensive visible injuries. Her face was reported swollen; she had a large lump on her forehead, as well as a bloody spot on her hand and swelling to her arms.

She told police her husband had been beating on her for some time and had threatened to take her life. According to the wife, Smithey used an iron skillet to hit his spouse, threatened to disfigure her face with a razorblade and pinned her on the floor while he poured an entire bottle of laundry detergent on her face, leaving her gasping for air.

She also said Smithey had gotten her in a headlock and tried to choke her. He also attempted to cover her nose and mouth with both hands to stop her from breathing.

The woman said she had been able to escape the beating, after asking her husband what it would take for him to stop the attack. Smithey is alleged to have told her she could go purchase cigarettes for him, and he would use the time she was away running the errand to determine what he would do to her when she returned.

After the woman met with a police officer at the convenience store, she returned to her residence along North School Place with him. Smithey is reported to have jumped out of a rear bedroom window and fled. Police returned to the house Oct. 16th and were able to arrest Smithey. According to the probable cause affidavit, police discovered Smithey had cut a hole in the bathroom floor leading to a crawl space under the house. When an officer arrived, Smithey scurried through the hole and refused to come out.

He surrendered after being warned the Mountain Home Police dog was about to be used to flush him out of his hiding place.

Smithey entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him on Oct. 25th last year. He has not made another appearance in court since that time.

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