Man arrested in late-night locker room burglary

A Kenai man was arrested after a struggle with police early Monday when Kenai police officers caught him in the girls’ locker room of Kenai Central High School with a bag of women’s clothes, according to a Dec. 11 release from the Kenai Police Department.

Bradley Smithwick, 22, was arrested by two officers in the girls’ locker room after a custodian reported a break-in, Kenai Police Chief David Ross said.

Smithwick allegedly struggled with the officers over their weapons, which Ross identified as a taser and pepper spray. Ross said alcohol did not appear to be involved in Monday’s incident.

The incident is the second reported break-in at the Kenai Central High School girls’ locker room, Ross said. An earlier incident, in which the girls’ locker room was damaged by a discharged fire extinguisher, took place Nov. 25 at approximately 4 a.m., Ross said. That incident is still under investigation.

Smithwick was taken into custody and charged with one count of burglary in the second degree, a class C felony; one count of theft in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor; resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor; two counts of assault on a police officer in the third degree, a class C felony; criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor; criminal mischief in the third degree, a class C felony; and two counts of assault on a police officer in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Smithwick was arraigned Monday at the Kenai Courthouse and is in custody at Wildwood Correctional Complex Pretrial Facility.

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