Man Accused Of Tying Up, Stabbing And Setting Women On Fire In Custody

Willoughby Hills - The suspect accused of tying up, stabbing and setting two women on fire in Lake County Sunday is now in Police custody.

On Sunday, July 21st at 5:18 p.m., the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Central Communications Center received a 911 call from a female victim involved in a domestic incident on the sixth floor of 27400 Chardon Road.

Willoughby Hills Police and EMS were dispatched to the scene. EMS arrived and provided immediate care to the female victims who were suffering from stab wounds and burns. One victim was transported by ambulance to Hillcrest Hospital and the other was taken by helicopter from Richmond Heights Hospital to Metro Hospital in Cleveland.

The investigation disclosed the female caller and her sister were attacked by the sister’s boyfriend and the father of her sister’s three children ages 2, 4 and 5. The suspect allegedly entered their apartment with a handgun and tied their hands together with tape, stabbed them both and set them on fire.He then took the children and fled the area in an unknown direction.

About an hour later, the suspect called the Lake County Central Communications Center and said he had dropped the children off at his parent’s house located on Muskoka Avenue in Cleveland. The suspect then said he was sitting on a bench at Euclid Beach. Cleveland PD and Willoughby Hills Officers responded to that area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

At 9:00 p.m., the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Allen Adrian Crawford, turned himself in at the Cleveland P.D. Fourth District.

During the search for the suspect, Cleveland Officers secured the safety of the children at the grandparent’s house and Willoughby Hills Detectives responded to that location as well. The children were safe and unharmed.

There is no word currently on the condition of the women who were hospitalized. The incident remains under investigation.

Photo courtesy of the Willoughby Hills Police Department

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