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Mount Vernon man confesses to 3 disturbing murders: officials

Posted at 1:56 PM, Dec 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-06 11:43:55-05
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Lucius Crawford, 60, was arrested Tuesday.

A 60-year-old Mount Vernon man is in police custody after confessing to as many as 3 murders, police said.

According to police, Lucius Crawford was arrested Tuesday after a 41-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death inside his home.

Police responded to the Westchester County home after Crawford called 911 to report “someone hurt.”

Oddly enough, detectives were already on their way to the home to ask him about two murders that happened in the early 1990’s that he was apparently linked to.

In addition to the murder of the Mount Vernon woman who officers found dead in his bed, Crawford subsequently confessed to the murder of  a Yonkers woman, Laronda Shealy, stabbed to death September 13, 1993; and to the October 20, 1993 murder of Nella West, 38, in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

Officials said she had been stabbed multiple times in the head, face, and torso, a sustained a broken eye socket and crushed skull. Crawford has been charged with murder by Westchester authorities.

Because of Crawford’s extensive history of violence against women, homicide detectives with Suffolk County were contacted to look into any potential connection with the Gilgo Beach murders.

However at this point, Suffolk County police tell PIX 11 News that it does not appear that Crawford has any involvement with the homicides that occurred in the last several years where bodies were discovered in the vicinity of Gilgo Beach.

Homicide investigators will conduct a further investigation to rule Crawford out completely.

Over the course of two years, authorities have found the decomposed remains of 8 women, 1 man and a toddler alongside Ocean Parkway near the coastal communities of Gilgo and Oak Beach.

As in any criminal investigation, law enforcement agencies routinely share information that may be beneficial to ongoing matters.

NARMEEN CHOUDHURY CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT.