Missing teacher's boyfriend arrested in Chicago

Credit: Chicago PD

Smith's mug shot taken by Chicago PD


by WCNC.com Staff & WFMY


Posted on June 26, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 9:04 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The US Marshal's Office tells NBC Charlotte Angelo Smith, Jr. has been apprehended in Chicago.

Authorities say Smith was taken into custody Homewood, Illinois, a suburb on the south side of Chicago Thursday afternoon.

Officials tell NBC Charlotte's Glenn Counts that the 30-year-old did not surrender; U.S. Marshals actively sought him out, and were able to arrest him without incident. Charlotte investigators are also in Chicago dealing with the case.

Additionally, authorities say the charges against Smith have not been upgraded. He is only charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.

An arrest warrant was issued for Smith earlier this week for contributing to delinquency of a juvenile, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, which involves Bianca's 3-year-old son. Smith's attorney Kenneth Snow spoke to the media after his client's arrest. Snow said he was surprised as anyone and learned of the arrest while in court.

"He was made aware of a warrant at some point, and his indictations to me were he was going to come back. And that was what we were planning to do," he said.

Smith is the boyfriend of missing school teacher, Bianca Tanner. He reported her missing on June 8 about 12 hours after the two had an argument.

Tanner's sister, Cerise Richardson, told WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower she was shocked when she learned Smith was arrested near Chicago.

"I really didn't think that he would one, leave Charlotte, being that his girlfriend is missing in Charlotte and two, that that authorities still wanted to question him," explained Richardson.

"When I heard the news I was just like, 'Oh my gosh'."

Richardson says when Tanner disappeared, her family was empathetic towards Smith. She said they reached out to him to make sure he was doing 'OK', but she says, that compassion was never shared.

"At this point, no I don't feel empathy, because at this point, [Smith has] brought it on [himself] as far as people having suspicious and doubts about [him]."

"[Smith] kind of brought that on [himself] because [he] is not cooperating, [he is] not searching for her, [he isn't] trying to put the family's mind at ease."

Richardson says despite the trouble with Smith, her family is staying focused on finding her sister.

"At this point, it's not about pointing fingers or accusing people, it's about finding Bianca and bringing her home to us safely."

Tanner had moved to Charlotte from Greensboro with her 3-year-old son.

Last Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released search warrants related to Tanner's case, revealing more information about what may have happened before the 31-year-old teacher disappeared.

Among the information released by police last week, the warrants stated Tanner's 3-year-old son told investigators "Mommy got a spanking with a belt;" "Angelo kicked mommy's butt and made her cry;" and "Angelo is mean to mommy and hurt mommy in the face."

CMPD says Smith had outstanding warrants out of Arkansas for domestic battery.