Cops: Hofstra home invasion suspect Dalton Smith had lengthy rap sheet

Police on Saturday identified Dalton Smith, 30, of Hempstead as the armed gunman killed in a home invasion Friday that also resulted in the death of Hofstra University student Andrea Rebello.

Police on Saturday identified Dalton Smith, 30, of Hempstead as the armed gunman killed in a home invasion Friday that also resulted in the death of Hofstra University student Andrea Rebello. (5/19/13)

UNIONDALE - The man accused in a fatal Uniondale home invasion had a lengthy rap sheet and was wanted by police, authorities say.

Police say 30-year-old Dalton Smith was released from jail and placed on parole in February after serving time for first-degree robbery. Authorities say he violated the terms of his parole less than three months later, and a warrant for his arrest was issued on April 25.

Smith's lengthy rap sheet dates back to 1999 when he was arrested for first-degree robbery. In 2000, he was arrested for promoting prison contraband. In 2003, he was charged with robbery in May and then with assault in August. A month later, he faced another robbery charge.

Police say Smith entered a rental home on California Avenue in Uniondale on Friday, wearing a ski mask and armed with a gun. They say he demanded valuables and sent one woman to an ATM to get money; instead, she called police. When officers arrived, Smith allegedly pointed his gun at them while holding one of the residents in a headlock. Officers fired shots at Smith in an attempt to subdue him. He and the resident, 21-year-old Andrea Rebello, were killed.

The officer who fired the deadly shots has not been identified. Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale says the officer is being provided with counseling.
 

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