The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 12, 2012

Suspect in Milton gang-related face-slashing finally charged


The Daily Item

— By Ashley M. Wislock

The Daily Item

MILTON — More than a year after a being charged in connection with a gang-related stabbing in the Valley, Michelle Smith was arraigned Thursday, according to court documents.

Smith, 22, of Milton, faces aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault charges in connection with an August 2011 incident in which Smith and a male companion, Andrew Bradford, slashed a woman in the face with a box cutter.

The victim was attacked allegedly over a $2,000 debt she owed the Bloods, according to court documents. The victim told police about the attack after she was treated at Sunbury Community Hospital, according to police.

Following the incident, Smith fled with Bradford’s child to Maryland, where she was arrested in October 2011 in connection with a string of armed robberies in the Salisbury area.

Three males, all known members of the Bloods, were also arrested in connection with the Maryland home invasions.

Waiting for Smith to face charges in Maryland before coming back to Pennsylvania is what caused the year-long delay, said Northumberland County Assistant District Attorney Melissa Norton.

“Number one, we had to find her, and then number two, we had to extradite her,” Norton said.

In March, Smith was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree attempted murder in Maryland’s Circuit Court for Wicomico County, according to court documents.

Smith had faced numerous charges, including armed robbery, first degree assault, credit card fraud and theft, according to court documents.

For his role in the slashing incident Bradford, 26, of Milton, was extradited from Delaware, where he was arrested in September 2011 for an unrelated incident. In January, he plead no contest to one charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and was sentenced to one to two years in prison, according to court documents.