News & Events

On February 23rd, 2017, eighteen-year-old Dakota Dwayne Smiley of Sonora was arrested on felony threats charges stemming from an incident that occurred the evening before.

On February 22nd, at 9:22 pm, the Sonora Police Department was called to the 200 block of Greenley Road for a report of a firearm brandishing. When the officer arrived, she was told by the seventeen-year-old victim that a man known to her, Dakota Smiley, had threatened her with a handgun. A dispute over an electronic tablet that Smiley reportedly took without permission, led to a threat of great bodily harm. Smiley was said to have removed a semi-automatic pistol from his waistband, pointed it at the victim’s face, and then threatened to shoot her with it. Smiley left the electronic tablet behind and fled the area when 911 was called by the victim’s mother. Officers were unable to locate Smiley at the time of the report, so a “Be On the Look Out” was posted to local agencies.

The following morning, at approximately 10:38 am, Deputies from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department located Smiley in the Jamestown area during a traffic stop. Sonora Police Officers responded and Smiley was taken into custody without incident. The involved handgun was not located, and the investigation into that aspect of it is ongoing. Smiley was booked at County Jail and his bail was set at $50,000.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA