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Man accused of binding, stabbing and setting fire to women

By Evan MacDonald • Jul 22, 2019 at 12:03 PM

WILLOUGHBY — A Cleveland man accused of binding, stabbing and setting fire to two women at a Willoughby Hills apartment complex is being held without bond after his first court appearance this morning.

Allen A. Crawford, 27, is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of kidnapping in the Sunday incident at the Willoughby Hills Towers on Chardon Road, according to court records.

Crawford appeared via video at his arraignment in Willoughby Municipal Court. He requested a preliminary hearing, which is scheduled July 31, court records say.

Two women were taken to area hospitals to be treated for stab wounds and burns, police said in a news release. Investigators have not provided updates on their conditions.

One of the women broke free of her bindings and called 911 just after 5:15 p.m. to report the attack at the sixth-floor apartment. She identified Crawford as the attacker, and said he was armed with a handgun, police said.

Crawford tied the women’s hands together with tape, stabbed them and then set them on fire, police said.

Crawford has three children with one of the women, police said. He took the 5-, 4- and 2-year-old children after the attack, but dropped them off later Sunday at their grandparents’ home in Cleveland, police said.

He later called police to say he was sitting on a bench at Euclid Beach. Officers went there, but could not find him.

Crawford turned himself in about 9 p.m. at the Cleveland police department’s Fourth District station, police said.

Investigators have not provided a motive for the attack.

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