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Police say Concord man threw gasoline on twin sister, then set her on fire

By PAT GROSSMITH
New Hampshire Union Leader

December 15. 2016 1:49PM
DWAYNE CRAWFORD 

CONCORD — A Concord man is accused of attempting to murder his twin sister by throwing gasoline on her and then setting her on fire.

“I did it. I lit her on fire,” police said Dwayne Crawford, 37, of 66 Woodbine Ave., told an officer when he arrived at their home about 2:45 a.m. Thursday for a reported fire and a woman suffering from burns.

His sister, Tamika Crawford, 37, of the same address, was in a snowbank suffering from third-degree burns that were severe and disfiguring, according to an affidavit by Officer C. Brendan Ryder on file in 6th Circuit Court — Concord.

Crawford displayed “very little affect and expressed no emotion,” Ryder wrote. “He also nodded his head in Tamika’s direction as he made his statement; which indicated to me that he was clearly referring to this scene and Tamika’s current condition.”

Ryder said Tamika Crawford yelled to him, “My brother did this, my brother did this ... you have to arrest him.”

Standing in the driveway adjacent to the snowbank were Tamika Crawford’s two sons. The incident happened inside the house. When police and firefighters arrived, there was smoke coming from a second-floor room in the southeast corner of the home. Tamika Crawford apparently ran out of the home and into the snowbank.

The fire caused about $1,500 in damage to the home, owned by Rebecca Crawford.

Thursday afternoon, police and investigators with the office of the State Fire Marshal remained at the scene. Yellow crime scene tape encircled the white Cape where Concord police officers, wearing white masks and protective white boots, worked the scene.

Crawford was arrested at the scene on charges of attempted first-degree murder, arson, first-degree assault, reckless conduct for placing another in danger, and criminal mischief.

He opted not to be arraigned Thursday without an attorney. He was ordered held without bail pending video arraignment and a bail hearing on Friday at 10 a.m.

About two years ago, Dwayne Crawford, then living at 15 Pitman St., No. 515, was arrested for simple assault and resisting arrest or detention. He was accused of striking an officer with the door to his apartment. The charges were later dismissed.

Tamika Crawford was arrested in January 2009 for unauthorized use of rental property.

She was accused of not making payments on property she had rented from Rent-One Plus. No probable cause was found and the case was dismissed.

In September 2010, she was arrested for disorderly conduct. According to court records, she refused to move off Interstate 393 after being repeatedly told to do so by an officer.

The case was placed on file on condition that she successfully complete anger management classes.

On Nov. 18, 2011, she was accused of simple assault for allegedly pushing a woman at Concord Hospital. She pleaded guilty and her $500 fine was suspended on good behavior.

She was charged with criminal mischief on Sept. 25, 2012, after she hit a lamp with a crutch at her Woodbine Avenue home. She pleaded guilty and a $250 fine was suspended. She had to pay $10 in restitution.

On July 14, 2012, she was arrested for criminal mischief (vandalism) after she kicked a hole in the wall of room 33 at Concord Hospital. She pleaded guilty, received a suspended $250 fine and was ordered to pay $50 in restitution.

Thursday’s incident remains under investigation by police, the state Fire Marshal’s Office, state police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

pgrossmith@unionleader.com


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