N.Y. police: Man confesses in 3 killings

  • Police investigating a 1993 murder went to a suspect's home
  • The suspect was not there, but police found the body of a 41-year-old woman
  • The man was arrested
  • Police said he told them he had killed three women -- two in 1993, and one this week

New York (CNN) -- A New York man was arraigned Wednesday after police say he told them he killed three women -- two of them nearly 20 years ago and the third this week.

The arrest of Lucius Crawford of Mount Vernon, New York, on Tuesday prompted the NYPD to notify authorities on Long Island, where investigators continue to search for a possible serial killer in the deaths of 10 women whose remains were found along beach areas in recent years.

But amid extensive media coverage on the possibility of a link, the Suffolk County Police Department said Wednesday there did not appear to be any reason to suspect that the 60-year-old Crawford had "any involvement with the homicides that occurred" in that oceanfront county.

"Homicide detectives will conduct a further investigation to rule Crawford out as a possible suspect," the statement added.

Crawford was arrested on Tuesday, after officers found the body of 41-year old Tanya Simmons in his bed, according to Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Carl Bell. The suspect was not home at the time officers discovered Simmons.

Officers from several police departments went to Crawford's apartment initially to question him about the October 1993 murder of a Bronx woman and the September 1993 murder of a Yonkers woman. Crawford was not home, but police entered the apartment and found the woman's body, authorities said.

Once in custody, Crawford admitted to stabbing and killing Simmons in his apartment, as well as the 1993 murders, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne. Detectives also discovered that Crawford's parole tracking bracelet had been removed and was in his apartment.

"We're glad to have this man off the streets," Bell, of the Mount Vernon police, said. "He's harmed so many people over the years, and now it's finally over."

Detectives had recently re-activated the Bronx woman's case after DNA evidence linked Crawford to the murder, the NYPD said in a statement. Crawford was already a suspect in the Yonkers cold case, police said.

Crawford was charged with second-degree murder in Simmons' death and was being held without bail . It could not be determined whether Crawford was being represented by an attorney.

He will be charged separately for the 1993 killings, authorities said.

Crawford has an extensive history of violence against women, according to a statement from the NYPD.

He was on parole at the time of his arrest after spending 13 years in prison, from 1995 until 2008, for the stabbing of a Westchester woman, the statement said.

The statement added that Crawford had also been incarcerated from 1977 until 1991 for stabbing as many as five females, aged 14 to 28, over a five-day period in Charleston, South Carolina.

Comments »
  • Print
  • Email
  • More sharing
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of Capitalbay. Capitalbay accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.
What's next
By CapitalBay Online 12/05/2012 14:39:00


Tears Of Joy As Steve Irwin's Daughter Bindi Wins Dancing With The Stars' Coveted Mirrorball Trophy

There were tears of joy for Steve Irwin's daughter Bindi as she won America's Dancing With The Stars - nine years after her father's tragic

OMG! Jennifer Lopez's backing dancer rips her pants during live performance at AMAs

Jennifer Lopez was determined to make sure all eyes were on her when she opened the American Music Awards on Monday. So she kicked off the

Celine Dion brings American Music Awards 2015 to tears with her rendition of Edith Piaf's Hymne a l'Amour for a tribute to Paris

The Canadian songstress performed Piaf's Hymne a l'Amour A montage of Paris landmarks played behind her during the performance  Images included candlelit vigils and the city uniting

Characters From Golden Era Of Movies Dance To ‘Uptown Funk’

Michael Binder is what you would call a “movie aficionado” through and through. He’s probably watched just about every single movie you’ve ever heard of,

Khloe Kardashian says Lamar Odom may NEVER fully recover mentally

By Dailymail.com Reporter Published: 10:17 EST, 19 November 2015 | Updated: 11:04 EST, 19 November 2015

Khloe Kardashian Hits Back At Lamar Odom As She Goes On A Twitter Rant

Khloe Kardashian has hit back at estranged husband Lamar Odom in an explicit Twitter rant after fans accused of her not ‘honouring’ her weddings vows. The

I'm A Celebrity's Jorgie Porter Cries As She Reveals Truth Behind Her Stardom

She's a household name from her stint on Hollyoaks. But Jorgie Porter, 27, has revealed the emotional truth behind her difficult road to stardom, opening up

Recent Comments