NEWPORT CITY – A Coventry man got more than he expected from a news reporter who refused to be intimidated by him.
Judge Robert Bent held Cristopher Smith, 26 of Coventry, without bail pending his arrangement Friday, Aug. 12, in Orleans County Court.
Smith is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony charge of attempted aggravated sexual assault with a weapon, and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Smith, who appeared in court on Thursday, chose not to enter a plea until Friday.
Reporter Jennifer Cleveland of The Orleans Record was traveling on the Airport Road in Coventry on Wednesday when she stopped to check on Smith who was standing in the road.
Smith asked Cleveland give him a ride to his vehicle near the bridge on the Coventry Station Road. Cleveland said she was uneasy at giving Smith a ride, but she agreed to.
As they started to travel, Smith asked Cleveland to stop for a minute. Cleveland said Smith dug in his pocket for something and she saw a corncob pipe and tobacco fall out of his pocket. Cleveland said Smith then pulled out and pointed a small knife at her and ordered her to take off her clothes. Cleveland refused and Smith gave her the same order two more times.
Cleveland, in colorful language, said she told Smith that he had messed with the wrong women. She said she grabbed Smith’s right wrist and used her thumb to push the blade back towards him until the blade broke off, and then she threw the knife out the window.
Cleveland fled from the car and ran to a nearby house, from where she called police.
The affidavit states that Smith went to the Derby State Police Barracks on his own and said he wanted to turn himself in for assaulting a woman on the Airport Road in Coventry. Police processed Smith for aggravated assault and disorderly conduct and lodged him at the Northern State Correctional Facility on $1,000 surety bond or cash.