Timeline: Slay suspect Lucius Crawford has long history of violence against women

Lucius Crawford, 60, who was arraigned in the Lucius Crawford, 60, who was arraigned in the fatal stabbing of 42-year-old Tanya Simmons of Mount Vernon, has confessed to at least two other slayings and has a decades-long criminal record that includes a five-day spree in which he was convicted of knifing four women, police said. (Dec. 5, 2012) Photo Credit: Mount Vernon Police Department

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Lucius Crawford, the Mount Vernon man suspected of killing Tanya Simmons and at least two other women, has a long criminal history of violence against women.

The New York Police Department, which is involved in the investigation because one of the slayings Crawford allegedly confessed to may have occurred in the Bronx, provided the following timeline of his arrests, convictions and prison stints over the past 40 years:

• May 15, 1973: Approaches a female stranger in Charleston, S.C., and makes remarks about having sex with her. She picks up a stick to defend herself, and he pulls out a knife and cuts her across the left arm.

• May 16, 1973: Approaches a female stranger in Charleston and tries to talk to her. When she walks away, he comes up behind her and wounds her seriously by slashing the back of her right leg with a butcher knife.

• May 17, 1973: Approaches a female stranger in Charleston, tries to talk to her, then approaches her from behind and slashes her left leg, causing serious injuries.

• May 19, 1973: Approaches a female stranger in Charleston, tries to talk to her. She walks away. Then he stabs her twice in each leg.

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In the last instance, he was arrested and charged with three counts of assault with intent to kill. He was convicted and sent to prison.

• December 1976: He is released from prison.

• April 8, 1977: Stabs a 28-year-old woman in the abdomen as she walks down a Charleston street.

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• April 8, 1977: Stabs a 17-year-old girl in the abdomen as she walks down a Charleston street.

• April 9, 1977: Stabs a 17-year-old female in the back, right hip and arm as she is standing in her front yard.

• April 27, 1977: Arrested on charges of stabbing about five females during a five-day period in Charleston, police said. He is charged with four counts of assault with intent to kill. The five victims are ages 14-28.

• June 17, 1977: He's sentenced to 24 years in prison. Crawford begins his sentence on five days later.

• Feb. 1, 1991: Released from prison.

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• Sept. 27, 1991: Arrested on a charge of third-degree assault in White Plains after 33-year-old ex-girlfriend is punched in the mouth. He had been living in a men's shelter in Greenburgh at the time. He is convicted and sentenced to 184 days in Westchester County Jail.

• Dec. 5, 1991: Released from jail.

• May 10, 1994: Arrested on charges of attempting to murder a 31-year-old woman he had been stalking and who was stabbed about 13 times. He and the victim had worked together at a Yonkers job placement agency, and she rebuffed his sexual advances.

• March 31, 1995: Convicted and sentenced to 10-20 years in prison.

• Feb. 8, 2008: Released from prison, on parole and pursuing his GED.

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