TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls man was arraigned Tuesday on charges including aggravated assault, aggravated battery and attempted kidnapping, with bond set at $1 million.
Steven Harmon Smith, 67, was taken into custody Monday afternoon following a chase through the city. Police began pursuing Smith’s car after reports of a fight involving a firearm at Garibaldi’s restaurant.
According to police, Smith’s wife and her son had been eating at the restaurant. When they walked out the door, they found Smith waiting for them in the parking lot. Smith’s wife and her son said Smith pointed a handgun at them and demanded they get in the car, and a physical struggle ensued. Smith then took off in his vehicle.
Smith denied pulling out the gun, and said he was not the one to start the fight.
Smith’s wife told police she had recently filed for divorce because her husband had been exhibiting increasingly violent and erratic behavior. Smith said he had spotted his wife’s vehicle while driving by Garibaldi’s and waited outside for a chance to talk to her.
Police reported also finding an AR-15 rifle and an uzi in Smith’s car.
Police reports note that officers have been dispatched to the family’s residence eleven times since February. Last week, Smith broke into the home of his wife’s family in Utah, where she was staying at the time.
He has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, attempted kidnapping in the second degree, and attempt to elude a police officer in a motor vehicle.
There was a Steven Smith who was a Twin Falls School District administrator, Superintendent Brady Dickinson said Wednesday, but he couldn’t confirm whether it’s the same person who was arrested.
Smith was a school principal at Harrison Elementary School and Robert Stuart Middle School during the 1990s and up until about 2010 or 2011, Dickinson said.
He said he doesn’t have specific dates available because they’re in locked personnel files and the school district office is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.