Police officer faces battery charge in connection to May 22 incident

KOKOMO – A recent criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Mike Lorona has resulted in Roy Smith, 42, Kokomo, IN facing a felony charge of battery and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

On June 20, 2022, Lorona initiated an investigation, at the request of the Kokomo Police Department, into a battery that allegedly occurred against a 60-year-old Swayzee, IN man on May 22, 2022. 

The investigation revealed that Smith and the alleged victim were purportedly in a road rage incident that occurred while driving on Southway Boulevard in Kokomo. The incident allegedly escalated when Smith followed the victim’s vehicle into the parking lot of a Kokomo restaurant. Smith purportedly confronted and battered the victim. The victim suffered facial and rib injuries.

During the investigation, probable cause was developed for a special prosecutor from Tippecanoe County to file criminal charges against Smith for battery and disorderly conduct. Smith has a summons to appear in court. 

Smith was off duty and in a personally owned vehicle at the time of the alleged incident.

No further information will be released at this time.

Any information about Smith’s employment status should be referred to the Kokomo Police Department.