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Thu Mar 4, 2021, 11:06 AM

Ex-Police Chief Charged With Attempted Murder After Arson Spree


Investigators said David M. Crawford, who resigned as the police chief of Laurel, Md., in 2010, had targeted “victims with whom he had previous disagreements.”

The “target list” found on David M. Crawford’s cellphone pointed to a former police chief consumed with grievances in his personal and professional life, the authorities said.

It named, among others, two doctors who had treated Mr. Crawford for a back injury, a woman who had led a training program for Mr. Crawford’s wife that discussed “white privilege,” and three former police officials who had served with Mr. Crawford during his career of more than three decades in Maryland law enforcement.

The “target list” was a key piece of evidence, the authorities said, that linked Mr. Crawford, a former police chief in two Maryland cities, to an arson spree that is believed to include at least 12 fires that targeted Mr. Crawford’s perceived enemies across the state from 2011 to 2020.

All the fires were set at night. In six of the arsons, the victims were asleep in their homes with their families. No one was injured, but the fires caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, and the authorities said there had been “clear signs” that people were home when Mr. Crawford set a number of the fires.


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