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Harold Smith -- History of Preying on Women

12/8/2010 8:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ronni Chasen wasn't Harold Smith's first target of random violence -- TMZ has learned Smith served serious time in state prison for violent robberies of women in 1998.

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According to court records, Smith pulled off two separate robberies on the night of January 20, 1998 -- one in Beverly Hills and one in West Hollywood.

In both cases, Smith did not know the victims and attacked them from behind. One woman testified Smith "got me in a bear hug" ... before snatching her Walkman, headphones, and a cassette tape.

About an hour later, Smith attacked another woman ... who told police she saw something black in his hand -- insinuating he might have had a gun. This time Smith made off with the woman's purse.

Smith -- who had several prior convictions for burglary -- plead guilty to both counts of robbery ... and was locked up in a state pen for 11 years.



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James     

Jabroni. It's pretty bad when the only picture anyone can find of you, is a mug shot.

LOSER :(

1310 days ago
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tmzreader    

Yeah, and how much target practice did he manage to get while serving that 11 years? Better question, how long has he been out of prison in order to revive any skill he ever had?

1310 days ago
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big al    

what a creep! in my opinion he did the world a favor by offing himself.

1310 days ago
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kickaboo    

http://www.mayhem.net/Crime/sniper.html Something about the eyes. 1000 mile stare.

1310 days ago
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tmzreader    

http://www.mayhem.net/Crime/sniper.html

You're right, kickaboo, thousand yard stare. Brings a lot of questions to mind.

1310 days ago
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Rae    

A Walkman and a cassette tape?

1310 days ago
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Ann    

They always let the bastard out and they always re-offend. At least it seems that way...

1310 days ago
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jay    

you mean he had a history of targeting white women. sounds like a hate crime to me.

1310 days ago
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Kim    

When are we going to really punish these hoodlums for their crimes instead of creating a revolving door of BS so a GOVERMENT employee can have a job UNLIKE the rest of us!!! SO FRUSTRATED WITH THIS COUNTRY!!

1310 days ago
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scared    

Please investigate his former addresses. I left L.A. over a decade ago when a guy that looked like him terrorized me. Same stare. Police did absolutely nothing. It cut short my career because there was no doubt in my mind that L.A. is dangerous for single women. I'm alive but I've never forgot that disturbed guy. If you find something I'll give you my real email address. Otherwise, ...

1310 days ago
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Keystone kops    

In a murder trial, this information would be considered inadmissible. You have to put the man at the scene of the crime. The police have not done that. They just claim the gun was used in the murder, but the gun doesn't say who was holding it at the time.

1310 days ago
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Truth    

SOUNDS TOO CONVENIENT. HOW DO YOU GO FROM STEALING PETTY THEFT CRAP TO OUTRIGHT PINPOINT HITMAN ACCURACY WHILST RIDING A BYCICLE SHOOTING AT A MOVING CAR??? YEAH RIGHT. SOMEONE ELSE IS RESPONSIBLE. SMITH WAS THE EXPENDABLE MULE. KEYSTONE COPS IS CORRECT.

1310 days ago
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Joe    

notice Sharpton knows when not to say a word.

1310 days ago
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betamaxx21    

This poor woman! Did he steal her time machine too? How will she get back to the 80s??? Her walkman & cassette player gave it away..sorry.

1309 days ago
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Hilogal    

This was an unfortunate situation. Sometimes it makes you wonder what makes people commit such acts. Sometimes psychological issues tend to overwhelm ones whole being. Sounds like there were many cries for help and no help was given. This is why our system is upside down.

1309 days ago
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