Ohio man accused of binding, stabbing and setting fire to 2 women, fleeing with 3 children

Ohio Man Accused of Setting Two Women on Fire, Fleeing with Three Children

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio — Police have apprehended an Ohio man accused of stabbing and setting fire to two women in a Willoughby Hills home before leaving with three young children, authorities said.

According to WEWS-TV, 27-year-old Allen Crawford bound, stabbed and burned the women – one of whom is the mother of his children – Saturday afternoon at the Willoughby Hills Towers, police said. He then fled the scene with the children, who are 2, 4 and 5 years old, authorities said.

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Shortly after 5 p.m., one woman broke free and called police, the TV station reported. Both women, who suffered critical injuries, were flown to a nearby hospital, authorities said.

Crawford took the children to his mother's Cleveland home before turning himself in around 9 p.m., police told WEWS. All three were safe.

Information about what charges Crawford may face was not immediately available.