Smith picked up for assault and menacing


Bellefontaine Police were dispatched to Oakland Square Park Wednesday afternoon just after 12:00 in reference to a known male with a gun.

Officers were told Donivon Smith, 19, of Bellefontaine, pulled a gun on a known male victim.

When police arrived, they spoke with the victim and witnesses of the incident.  Smith was not there.

The victim said Smith pulled a black handgun out.  A witness provided a short video clip they recorded on their phone.  The video showed Smith and his girlfriend, Grace Thomas standing across from the victim.

Officers located Thomas in the 200 block of East Columbus Avenue.

Thomas said the victim came up to her and started making threats.  She contacted Smith who confronted the victim and began yelling at him.

When asked about the video, Thomas said Smith did not have a gun.

Thomas was asked again about a gun, and she was persistent that he did not have one.  She also told police she didn’t know the whereabouts of Smith.

While she was talking with the police, Smith was texting her.  She said he may be at Kaleidoscope Park.

Officers found a blue bike, which matched one in the video of the altercation that Smith was riding, behind Colonial Arms Apartments (where Thomas lives).

Thomas admitted that Smith was now inside her apartment.  He said he wasn’t coming out to speak with the police because he did nothing wrong.

Officers were ready to go to the prosecutor’s office for a warrant when they discovered Smith had a warrant for felonious assault a week ago against the same victim.

Thomas was able to talk Smith into coming out of the apartment and speaking with officers.

He was arrested on his warrant and transported to the Logan County Jail.

Thomas’ mother arrived and gave officers permission to search the apartment where they found a grey and black fanny pack.  Inside was a black Glock 17 airsoft/BB gun.  The weapon replicated a handgun and would be recognized by anyone as a handgun.

Grace Thomas, 17, was arrested for obstructing official business and transported to the Central Ohio Youth Center in Marysville.

Donivon Smith received charges of aggravated menacing and unlawful possession of certain weapons.