Fugitive taken into custody in Hagerstown

  • Hagerstown City Police Det. Jason Ackerman carries an evidence bag containing a gun from a residence Thursday on South Locust Street in Hagerstown.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- A fugitive wanted in Pennsylvania and Maryland was apprehended Thursday at a downtown Hagerstown home, police said.

The fugitive was identified as Kerien Smith, 30, of West Virginia.

He was found at 28 S. Locust St. at about 4 p.m.

Smith was wanted on a warrant in Washington County on a charge of distribution of crack cocaine, according to David D. Ablondi, a deputy U.S. marshal who was at the scene.

Smith also was wanted on a warrant in Franklin County, Pa., for allegedly violating his probation on a drug-related charge, Ablondi said.

The U.S. Marshal's Service was looking for Smith. When they heard he might be on Locust Street, the Marshal's Service and Hagerstown Police responded.

Police said they found a loaded handgun in the residence where Smith had been.

Traffic was kept away from Locust Street while authorities were in the house looking for Smith.

When Smith was apprehended, he was placed in a Hagerstown Police car. Police Chief Arthur Smith said he would be taken to the county's central booking facility.


Police said a woman who knew Kerien Smith lives at that home.

Ablondi said authorities believe Smith was moving around to different friends' homes and stayed on Locust Street overnight Wednesday.

Smith has connections to people living in Hagerstown, Ablondi said.

Smith is a convicted sex offender in Pennsylvania, he said.

Pennsylvania's sex offender registry website lists Smith and gives his address as Frank Road in Chambersburg.

It says he was convicted Oct. 30, 2008, of indecent assault.

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