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Monday, 07 March 2016 09:15

Man Convicted in Armed Kidnap, Robbery Attempt

MEMPHIS – March 6, 2016 - A Criminal Court jury Friday convicted a man of five felony offenses stemming from an attempted robbery in which both the victim and the defendant were shot and wounded, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Richard Crawford, 42, was convicted of especially aggravated robbery, two counts of attempted especially aggravated kidnapping, attempted second-degree murder and employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 21 by Judge James Beasley Jr.
The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2009, as the victim was arriving home in the 4300 block of Whispering Bend Drive near Hacks Cross Road and Bill Morris Parkway.
Investigators said the gunman tried to force the homeowner back into his car, but the homeowner resisted and tried to take the gun away. During a struggle, the gunman told his accomplice to shoot the victim.
The accomplice, who was never captured or identified, fired several shots at the victim, striking him once in the left leg.As the victim tried to get to his home, defendant Crawford and his accomplice fired shots toward the house where the victim’s wife and two small children were inside. The wife then grabbed her handgun and began firing at the suspects, causing them to flee.
A short time later, defendant Crawford arrived at Delta Medical Center at 3000 Getwell Road with a gunshot wound in his lower back. An unidentified man, possibly the second suspect, had dropped him off and left.
Sheriff’s deputies investigating the robbery attempt were notified and learned that Crawford matched the description of one of the holdup men on Whispering Bend. The victim identified Crawford as one of his attackers.
The trial was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Pamela Fleming Stark.