Man receives another charge after being arrested during Soldier's Reunion Parade

- UPDATE: Karl Smith has also been charged with failure to tell law enforcement that he was carrying a weapon and has a valid concealed carry permit when he was approached by officers.


A man was arrested at the 2017 Soldier's Reunion Parade on Thursday, according to the Newton Police Department. 

Around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, officers were alerted to a man armed with pepper spray following the Confederate Veteran reenactors. 

The complaints officers received stated that when the re-enactors would stop to discharge their weapons the man following them would spray them with his pepper spray. 

The suspect, Karl Smith, 56, was described and pointed out to officers who immediately took him into custody. Officers also seized the canister of pepper spray and a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver from Smith. He did have a valid conceal carry permit for the firearm. 

Smith has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault and released. Two victims were treated for pepper spray exposure.

Police say this was the only incident during the entire week of Reunion events. The Newton Police Department says they consider the 2017 Soldiers Reunion a success.

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