Deputies: Sex offenders from Catawba Co found hiding in New Jersey, Kentucky
Two convicted sex offenders have been captured by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.
Sixty-year-old Bobby Ray Smith was captured in Atlantic County, New Jersey, where he had fled, deputies from Catawba County told WBTV.
Smith was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Newton in August to face charges for Habitual Felon and felony violations of sex offender laws.
Instead, deputies say Smith fled to New Jersey to “escape justice.”
Smith has a long criminal history including, murder, taking Indecent liberties with a minor, breaking and entering, and prison escape.
Smith faces charges in New Jersey and will be extradited back to Catawba County to face trial for the habitual felon charge and two felony violations of the sex offender laws. Smith also has pending felony charges in Iredell County, N.C.
Investigators say they also captured convicted sex offender, 52-year-old Randy Harold Scronce, in Kentucky.
Scronce was convicted in Catawba County in 2011, of taking indecent liberties with a child. He was ordered to register as a sex offender, upon his conviction.
Instead of registering, he went into hiding, investigators told WBTV.
Scronce has been extradited back from Kentucky and is awaiting trial in the Catawba County Jail, for felony charges of Failure to register as a sex offender.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office worked closely with the U.S. Marshals Service in apprehending the two fugitives. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office will use all state and federal resources available, in order to bring sex offenders to justice