UPDATE: Man arrested for attack in women's bathroom, charged with two greenway incidents

KNOXVILLE, TENN (WVLT)-- Knoxville Police investigators have charged a man involved in an attack in a Big Lot's bathroom with two other incidents.

Stacey Elijah, 18, is accused of assaulting a woman in a bathroom stall at Tyson Park.

He is also charged with a second incident, where police say he threatened a woman with a knife, then ran away.

Alcoa Police arrested him Tuesday after he attacked a woman inside a bathroom stall at Big Lots.

He is in the Blount County Jail on a $35,000 bond.


ORIGINAL STORY
Alcoa Police have made an arrest after a woman was attacked while inside a stall in the women's bathroom in a Big Lots convenience store.

18 year-old Stacy Elijah Smith was arrested Tuesday morning without incident after police say someone recognized him from the surveillance video released through the media.

Detective Kris Sanders with Alcoa Police said releasing the video was the best thing they could have done to catch Smith. Sanders said that a man called in a tip after watching the surveillance video on TV, thinking he might recognize the suspect from the Big Lots cameras. Sanders added that Smith admitted to the incident, and that's when Sanders charged Smith with attempted aggravated rape.

"It was a cooperative effort, law enforcement, news media, and the concerned citizens that called in. It's not something that I did by myself. It's a group effort and that's the way a lot of these cases will resolve themselves," Sanders said.

According to police, Smith was waiting inside a stall in the women's restroom, when a woman walked in. He then slid under the woman's stall door and began grabbing at her feet. The woman was able to kick her way out of the situation and run out of the bathroom unharmed. Surveillance video from Big Lots showed a man running out of the bathroom and then out of the store after the August 31st incident.


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