Police are looking for the man charged with the murder of a 79-year-old man


Dion Smith, 33, of Boston allegedly stabbed Ronald Gilbert more than 30 times last December.

Police are still looking for a man accused of stabbing a 79-year-old Malden man to death.

Dion Smith. Middlesex County Attorney’s Office

Dion Smith, 33, of Boston, has now been charged with murder. Earlier this month, authorities said the death appeared suspicious and that Smith was wanted for stealing a vehicle belonging to the victim, Ronald Gilbert.

Malden Police, Massachusetts State Police Detectives and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office began investigating Gilbert’s death on February 22. Police were called to a building on Kennedy Drive in Malden in response to a smell coming from Gilbert’s apartment.

Inside, they found Gilbert dead with “obvious signs of decomposition,” officials said. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Gilbert had what appeared to be more than 30 stab wounds.

Police are looking for the man charged with the murder of a 79-year-old man
Updated photo of Smith’s tattoos. Middlesex County Attorney’s Office

Investigators determined Gilbert was likely murdered in late December 2022. Smith was not a resident of the building, police said. Smith and Gilbert did not seem to know each other.

Anyone with information about Smith’s whereabouts should contact Malden Police at 781-322-1212 or Massachusetts State Police Detectives at 781-897-6600. Members of the public should not approach Smith, police said.

Smith is described as a bald black man with brown eyes who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds.


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