ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man who allegedly raped a teenage girl in her home in Rio Rancho has been arrested while drifting around college campuses in Albuquerque, according to an Aug. 23 news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Joseph T. Smith, 22, was charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor and assault after a teenage girl said he raped her Aug. 14. The girl told police she had let him stay at her house, without her parents’ knowledge, after his roommates kicked him out of his previous residence.
According to the release, the 13th Judicial District Court in Sandoval County issued a warrant for Smith’s arrest Aug. 15.
The release quotes a complaint filed by Rio Rancho Police alleging that Smith befriended the girl online.
After Smith fled the girl’s home, friends took him to Albuquerque, according to the release.
Rio Rancho Police and Marshals Service learned Smith was sleeping in the dugout of a high school baseball field every other night and he rode Albuquerque city buses for a place to feel safe and sleep.
Smith was seen in southeast Albuquerque on several occasions trying to blend in with college students around University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College.
However, according to the release, Smith has a distinctive tattoo that makes him easily identifiable. When pictures of Smith were distributed, most people who saw Smith identified him.
While deputy marshals were checking the computer labs and the library of CNM, campus security officers spotted Smith. Security officers and deputy marshals arrested Smith in the 900 block of Buena Vista in Albuquerque.
According to Sandoval County Detention Center, Smith remained jailed in lieu of a $100,000 cash-only bond Tuesday morning.
According to the release, Smith has a criminal history that spans four states and includes other acts of violence.