Person of interest in assault found in stolen car

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Associated Press

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 12:31 PM

MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. (AP) — A man described as a person of interest in the home-invasion assault that left an Eastern Oregon woman critically injured has been arrested on an unrelated charge in Montana.

Sheriff Terry Rowan of Umatilla County said Wednesday that 31-year-old Dallas Smith was arrested in a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Milton-Freewater. A 19-year-old woman with Smith was also arrested on charges related to the stolen vehicle.

Rowan says there is not enough evidence to tie Smith to the Jan. 30 attack on 79-year-old Joyce Key at her home northwest of Milton-Freewater.

He says investigators are following up on tips, and asks anyone with information to contact the sheriff's office.

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