Update: Man Wanted on Sex Assault Charges Arrested

Update: 12:00 p.m.:

Amherst, VA - The Amherst Police Department says they've caught a man wanted for sexually assaulting a woman last week, after a manhunt Monday night.

After our report aired Monday, police say they got a tip 19 year old Joshua Edwards Smith was in the Gladstone area and officers from Amherst Police, Amherst and Nelson Counties, and state police began searching. Police say Smith took off from a residence in Nelson County and ended up crashing in Amherst County.

Police say they spent several hours chasing Smith down, both by car and on foot. They called in the Amherst County Sheriff's Office tracking dog as well as the state police helicopter, before finally catching Smith shortly before midnight Monday.

Smith was wanted on felony charges related to an assault last Wednesday in the town of Amherst. He is charged with Rape, Forcible Sodomy, and Object Sexual Penetration. He is being held without bond pending a preliminary hearing in Amherst General District Court.


Amherst, VA - The Amherst Police Department is looking for a man wanted on felony sex charges.

Joshua Edward Smith is wanted in connection with a sex assault that happened last Wednesday.

According to police, Smith is known to frequent various places in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Amherst County and Appomattox County.

Anyone who has information about his whereabouts is asked to call Central Virginia Crime Stoppers (1-888-798-5900 or TEXT CVCS 574637).

Callers to CVCS can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward.