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Clerk: No bail issued for boyfriend of missing teacher, Bianca Tanner

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County says the boyfriend of missing Charlotte teacher Bianca Tanner was not issued bail during a Saturday appearance in bond court.

Angelo Grayson Smith, Jr, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Illinois on Thursday and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police said this is an unrelated charge.

Smith is currently in Chicago police custody and is scheduled to be in court on Monday.

A warrant was issued on Smith two weeks after Tanner disappeared. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are calling the case a homicide and say Smith was the last person to see the 31-year-old mother.

Smith has not been named as a suspect, but detectives said they wanted to talk with him about the case.

Tanner's family members claim Smith stopped cooperating with police, but Smith's lawyer, Kenneth D. Snow, said that's not true.

"I think there comes a point where you have given statements," the attorney said. "You have answered questions. He was fully cooperative. And certainly at a point you are entitled to some privacy."

Snow also said that Smith left the area before the warrant was issued.

"He left the area before there was any warrant. He didn't leave. He didn't flee. He didn't run. He simply left the area because he was a free person to leave," Snow told WBTV.

He added, "He had gotten several comments on social media about his person, he was concerned about that. His family was concerned about his safety and that's why he left the area."

Smith hired Snow a few days ago. The attorney told WBTV his client has not told him if he knows where Bianca Tanner is. Snow believes Smith had to lawyer up.

"Anytime someone is a person of interest," Snow said. "I would recommend them getting a lawyer, certainly doesn't mean you are guilty of anything but certainly he was questioned by law enforcement a number of times."

Smith has not been named as a suspect, but detectives said they wanted to talk with him about the case.

According to CMPD, detectives went to Chicago to meet with the U.S. Marshal's to physically put eyes on and Smith and confirm his identity.

Bianca Tanner's family told WBTV they are relieved Smith is in custody.

According to warrants released in the case, Smith told investigators that he received a text message that led to an argument between him and Tanner the night she disappeared. Tanner left the apartment intoxicated, carrying a bag with her, Smith says.

She hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Tanner recently moved to Charlotte with her son for a teaching job. Before that she was a teacher at Reedy Fork Elementary School in Guilford County.

Tanner's family said they did not know about the arrest warrant and would like to know more details.

There is a $5,000 reward for information that could solve this case.

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