REDWOOD CITY -- A former San Mateo County sheriff's deputy who allegedly beat up his ex-girlfriend's past boyfriend in an apparent jealous rage was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that could put him behind bars for up to a decade, prosecutors said.

Colin Troy Smith, 42, of San Carlos, was held to answer on the charges after a preliminary hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court that combined two separate cases that occurred months apart, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Wednesday.

Two prosecutorial witnesses, the ex-girlfriend and the alleged victim testified in the hearing in front of Judge Cliff Cretan.

Prosecutors said that on Aug. 17, Smith, who was on duty and in uniform, drove his patrol car through Redwood City searching for his ex-girlfriend at local bars. When he found her outside a bar with another former boyfriend, he allegedly sent her several texts demanding information about the relationship between the couple.

When Smith got off duty at 7 a.m. the following morning, he reportedly drove straight to the ex-girlfriend's home, where the former boyfriend had stayed the night, and demanded entry into the home. Prosecutors said he threatened to kick down the door and pushed his way through in search of the victim, who was hiding in a bathroom.

Smith then severely beat the victim, breaking his eye socket and nose, prosecutors said.

While out on $50,000 bail in the assault case, Smith was then arrested on Dec. 4 for disregarding a no-contact court order with the ex-girlfriend.

In the December case, Wagstaffe said Smith knocked on the driver's side window of the car where the woman was seated and allegedly called her names and threatened her. Those actions resulted in a felony charge of attempting to dissuade a witness from testifying.

In the two combined cases, Smith is facing four felony charges, including felony residential burglary, felony assault with a deadly weapon with an enhancement of great bodily injury, assault with serious bodily injury and felony attempting to dissuade a witness.

Smith will return to court on March 12 for formal arraignment and the two cases will be consolidated, Wagstaffe said. Smith remains out of custody on $150,000 bail.



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