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Level 3 predatory offender moving to rural Brainerd

A 38-year-old man, who was serving a 10-year prison sentence in North Dakota on a kidnapping charge, has done his time and Wednesday moved into a residence in the vicinity of Sweet Road and Erin Road in rural Brainerd.

Cory Daniel Smith
Cory Daniel Smith, has a history of attempted kidnapping and holding adult female victims against their will. He gained compliance through physical force and use of weapons. On Wednesday Smith moved into a residence in the vicinity of Sweet Road and Erin Road in rural Brainerd.

A 38-year-old man, who was serving a 10-year prison sentence in North Dakota on a kidnapping charge, has done his time and Wednesday moved into a residence in the vicinity of Sweet Road and Erin Road in rural Brainerd.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) notified the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Wednesday that Cory Daniel Smith, a Level 3 predatory offender, was moving into the county. The sheriff's office will host a community notification meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Meeting Room 2 of the Crow Wing County Land Services Building.

A Level 3 predatory offender is the highest risk level who is most likely to re-offend. The state requires a community notification meeting when Level 3s get out of prison.

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  • Smith has history of attempted kidnapping, holding adult female victims
  • Community notification meeting; 6 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 30
  • Crow Wing County currently home to six level 3 offenders
  • Offender Joshua Chad Tromblay, wanted fugitive

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The DOC will present the public with information on Smith. He is not wanted by the police at this time and he has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. This notification is not intended to increase fear in the community. Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public.

The sheriff's office, the supervising release agent and the DOC may not direct where the offender can or cannot reside, nor can the agencies direct him where to work or which school to attend.

Smith, who is 5'6", weighs 139 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair, has a history of attempted kidnapping and holding adult female victims against their will. He gained compliance through physical force and use of weapons. Offender was known and unknown to his victims.

According to the Minnesota court record website, Smith was sentenced Wednesday, the day he moved to rural Brainerd, to 13 months in the St. Cloud prison for a felony kidnapping charge in Chisago County. The sentence was stayed for five years, releasing Smith from prison. If Smith violates any of the conditions of his release, he may go back to prison.

According to a story in The ECM Post Review, the Chisago County conviction was from an alleged kidnapping incident that occurred nearly two decades ago, on Nov. 21, 1995 in the city of Wyoming.

The woman gave Smith, a former coworker from McDonalds, a ride. The woman said when she neared the Wyoming Elementary School, she looked over and noticed Smith had pulled a gun from inside his coat. He demanded she drive him to the Twin Cities.

The woman reported that as she drove, she looked over at the gun, and it appeared to be made of plastic. It also had what she described as a "dolphin head where the sight should be" and red dots on the weapon.

She slowed the car and turned off the road. Smith grabbed the wheel and told her the weapon was loaded. The woman told Smith to get out of the car, which he eventually did. She also told him she was going to report the incident to police.

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Wyoming police searched for Smith in the area but were unable to locate him.

Smith also was convicted in North Dakota regarding an incident on June 18, 2004, for felony attempted kidnapping, aggravated assault and terrorizing charges. According to court documents quoted in the ECM story, a woman was taking a cab home, which was driven by Smith. During the drive, Smith told the woman he wasn't feeling well and asked her to feel his forehead. She did, and Smith then grabbed her by the neck and put his left hand between the door and the car seat.

A struggle ensued, with Smith brandishing a knife and telling the woman, "This is not what you think it is," and if she kept struggling Smith would kill her.

Smith was also trying to restrain the woman's hands with zip ties, the story said.

The woman was able to reach over and honk the horn, which, along with her screaming, drew the attention of a nearby resident who called police.

The woman continued to struggle with Smith, the two of them falling out of the car. The blade of the knife Smith was using got pinned under him and snapped.

At that point, an officer arrived, and Smith let go of the woman. The officer observed Smith and the woman on the ground, and the woman got up, ran toward the officer and shouted, "Help, me, help me. He tried to kill me. He has a knife," the court document said.

Residents of Crow Wing County are encouraged to attend the meeting to have their questions answered and express their concerns.

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There will be seven Level 3 predatory offenders living in Crow Wing County: Smith, Brandon Keith Churchill, Dennis Anthony Lee, Terrance Lee Lindmark, Joshua Paul Rinde, Christopher Robert Roehl and Joshua Chad Tromblay.

Predatory offender Joshua Chad Tromblay, wanted fugitive

According to the DOC website, Tromblay currently is a wanted fugitive. If anyone has any tips or information on Tromblay's whereabouts, they should call the 24-7 tip line at 651-603-0026.

Tromblay is registered to live on Wise Road in rural Brainerd.

Tromblay is described as 5'8" tall, 206 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He has a history of sexual contact with female victims age 3 through adult. Contact included penetration and he was known to his victims.

Tromblay was convicted in Benton County on fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim who was mentally impaired/helpless in 2011. He was sentenced to 36 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud and 10 years probation. Conditions of his probation was that he could not use or possess mood-altering substances, had to complete psychological assessment, no contact with victim, register as a sex offender, sex offender treatment and no firearms.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl .

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Joshua Tromblay
Joshua Tromblay currently is a wanted fugitive. If anyone has any tips or information on Tromblay's whereabouts, they should call the 24-7 tip line at 651-603-0026. Tromblay is registered to live on Wise Road in rural Brainerd.

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