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Calif. men stalked cop before conspiring to murder

Nicholas Smit is tied to seven other attacks on Hemet police, including several attempted booby traps

By John Asbury
The Press-Enterprise

HEMET, Calif. -- Two men charged last week with conspiracy to murder a police officer stalked a Hemet detective at his home and while he worked in an attempt to thwart him from testifying in one of the men's drug trial, prosecutors say.

The Riverside County district attorney's office filed charges against Nicholas Smit, 39, in connection with three of at least eight attacks on law enforcement or city property
since December. Steven Hansen, 36, who briefly rented a room from Smit, was also charged in one of the attacks.

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