Stabbing suspect caught in bloody car in Tennessee

Published 12:19 am Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Police in Chetham County, Tenn. arrested a Covington County man accused of stabbing his girlfriend in River Falls and dropping her off in Pike County, a Tennessee news source reported.

River Fall Police Chief Cody Warren said that his department received a report early Tuesday morning of an assault with a knife that occurred on Minnow Lane in River Falls.

Warren said that a female victim was seeking medical attention at a medical facility.

Later Tuesday, Warren declined to release additional details, as the department was still investigating the crime, but confirmed the victim was dropped off at Pike Liberal Arts School before being taken to Troy Regional Medical Center.

Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said in a press release that his department received a phone call around 1:17 a.m. about a person sitting on the steps at a local school.

“Officers were dispatched at 1:20 a.m., and arrived within a couple of minutes to find a 21-year-old females with multiple stab wounds to her upper torso,” he said. “The victim was disoriented and did not know what happened to her or how she got to Troy. The victim advised officers that the last thing she remembered was getting off work at her job in Andalusia around 10 p.m., getting into her vehicle and driving to a residence to change clothes.”

Barr said that the victim was later air lifted to a Montgomery hospital for further treatment of her injuries and at last check was in critical condition.

In his release, Warren said a suspect had been identified but refused to release the name of the suspect, adding he would release the name within the next couple of days.

WSMV in Tennessee identified the man as William Crawford, who was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Pegram, Tenn., Tuesday morning.

WSMV reported that police said an officer first noticed Crawford speeding and took them on a half-mile pursuit before stopping at a Shell gas station.

Tennessee police told WSMV that Crawford gave them a fake name when he was questioned.

The officers searched his vehicle and allegedly found blood all over it.

Police also found a woman’s purse inside the car, and when they checked the woman’s name, they discovered she was the victim of a stabbing in Andalusia.

WSMV reported that Crawford will be charged with attempted first-degree murder.

The case is currently being investigated by the River Falls Police Department with assistance from the Covington County District Attorney’s Office, the Covington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Troy Police Department.

Further details will be made available as the investigation continues.