Man convicted in armed kidnap, robbery attempt

Man convicted in armed kidnap, robbery attempt

A man is in jail, convicted on five felony offenses stemming from an attempted robbery where two people were injured.

According to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, 42-year-old Richard Crawford is responsible for an attempted robbery in the 4300 block of Whispering Bend Drive near Hacks Cross Road and Bill Morris Parkway. The incident happened in December of 2009.

The victim of the attempted robbery told police he was arriving home when he was approached by two people. A gunman tried to force the victim back into his car, but the victim resisted and tried to take the gun away.

Investigators said during a struggle, the gunman told his accomplice to shoot the victim. The accomplice fired several shots at the victim, hitting him in the leg. The accomplice was never identified or captured.

The victim told deputies as he tried to get to his house, Crawford and his accomplice fired multiple shots towards his house. His wife and two small children were inside.

According to the report, the victim's wife grabbed her gun and shot at the suspects, who then ran away.

Deputies said Crawford arrived at Delta Medical Center with a gunshot wound in his lower back. An unidentified man dropped him off and left.

Deputies said they were notified and learned that Crawford matched the description of one of the men who tried to rob the victim. The victim identified Crawford as one of his attackers.

Crawford is charged with 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 will be sentenced on March 21.

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