In­ves­ti­ga­tors try­ing to freeze ac­counts of fugi­tive for­mer coach

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE -

Mont­gomery County Sher­iff ’s de­tec­tives are work­ing to use a money trail to track down a fugi­tive soc­cer coach.

Justin Smith has been seen in Kentucky and Ten­nessee since run­ning out of the mid­dle of his trial in a Mont­gomery County court on Hal­loween.

De­tec­tives think he cashed in his state re­tire­ment after re­sign­ing from the Mont­gomery County Board of Devel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties in the sum­mer. They be­lieve Smith may be us­ing that money to hide.

As a re­sult, they’ve gone to court to get an or­der to freeze the ac­count.

“Well, it’s go­ing to be good for law en­force­ment be­cause it’s go­ing to be tougher for him to con­tinue with his es­cape,” said Isa­iah Keller, spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tions de­tec­tive. “It’s go­ing to be more dif­fi­cult for him to stay in a ho­tel room, buy meals and move around on a day-to­day ba­sis.”

Photos ex­clu­sively ob­tained by this news or­ga­ni­za­tion showed Justin Smith check­ing into a Lex­ing­ton, Kentucky, ho­tel.

The first pic­tures that sur­faced of Smith showed him check­ing into a Mar­riott ho­tel in Lex­ing­ton the same night he left Day­ton.

He was also seen walk­ing out of a depart­ment store there and cap­tured on sur­veil­lance in­side. De­tec­tives say Smith was seen a cou­ple of times in Ten­nessee the fol­low­ing week, but has since gone un­der­ground.

Justin K. Smith has been on the run since Hal­loween.

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