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Van Wyck man charged with kidnapping and assault

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By Gregory A. Summers

A Van Wyck man was arrested Oct. 27 after he was accused of knifing a woman in a hotel room and holding her and another man against their will.
Kennis Crawford, 58, of 1955 Steele Hill Road, is charged with second-degree assault and battery and two counts of kidnapping.
According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, at 1:40 a.m. that day, officers responded to a 911 open-line cell-phone call that “pinged” in Room 132 of the Carriage Inn, 1100 N. Main St., but couldn’t get anybody to come to the door.
Officers then radioed communications to have the caller to step outside. The caller said a man, later identified as Crawford, wouldn’t let her open the door. Officers kept knocking, the report said, and a 44-year-old woman with a cut hand finally let them in.
As soon as police got inside, the victim told them Crawford had cut her, so he was immediately handcuffed. Police also found a knife within “close proximity” of Crawford.
A 65-year-old man in the room told police Crawford became enraged “because he thought someone stole money from his wallet,” and confronted them. After an argument, the man said, Crawford pushed the woman on the bed, pulled out the knife and got on top of her, cutting her hand. The man said when police arrived, Crawford threatened both of them with the knife if they answered the door.
The woman told the same story, saying Crawford accused of her stealing his money and made both her and the man strip off their clothes. The woman said Crawford “then held a knife to her chest” as they struggled. The woman said her hand was cut when she grabbed the knife to keep him from cutting her throat.
The woman told police she unlocked the door and let them in when Crawford “went towards the bathroom.”     
Crawford was arrested, taken to the county detention center and jailed without bond.