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
By CapitalBay Online 12/05/2012 14:39:00


@Capitalbay1 You can follow the latest updates on Twitter, Capitalbay News website


Handwritten letter by Tupac Shakur about becoming a 'boss' is going up for sale for $225,000

The letter was written to a Death Row Records executive in 1995 In the handwritten missive, the hit maker talked about becoming a 'man' In 1996 the

What does your face shape say about YOU? From Beyonce to Taylor Swift

Expert Jean Haner says your face is 'saying something' about you   People with diamond-shaped faces like Taylor Swift are detail-orientated   Those with oval faces are

Salim Mehajer gives his first interview since his outrageous wedding… but demands to stand in front of the reporter at a LECTERN with his wife at his side 

Auburn council deputy mayor gives first televised interview since wedding  Salim Mehajer made strange requests, asking to respond from a lectern  Mr Mehajer said he'd love to

Kate Ceberano booted from Qantas longue for 'inappropriate footwear'

She's been a staple on the red carpet since she launched her music career in the late 1980s. But it seems that when it comes to

Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber count their cash on holiday as former boxer continues to enjoy his retirement

Floyd Mayweather retired from professional boxing after a 49th win He is currently enjoying some time away in Bora Bora with Justin Bieber  The pair were seen

Prince Harry drowns his sorrows with Princess Eugenie after Rugby World Cup

Prince Harry showed he was no different to any other England fan after watching the team limp out of the rugby world cup. The fifth in

Is Hugh Grant set to become a father for the fourth time? The mother of the actor’s second child is spotted 'with a baby bump' as she strolls through London 

Anna Eberstein spotted with what appeared to be a baby bump this week 35-year-old producer already has a three-year-old son with Hugh Grant Picture prompted speculation the

Recent Comments


By subscribing You will recieve our latest news. Your information will not be shared with anyone.