When the judge told retired chief Dave Crawford he’d stay in jail, he said, "I cannot consider releasing you.
Prosecutors described the "terror" his victims would be confronted with if he were on the loose again, considering most of his alleged crimes were acts of retribution.
On Thursday, FOX 5's Evan Lambert spoke with one of Crawford's alleged victims on camera – the former police chief's own stepson.
Crawford is facing a plethora of charges ranging from arson to attempted murder for fires in Howard, Frederick, Charles, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties.
Investigators say Crawford harbored grudges against his victims – most of whom had some prior altercation with him.
His alleged victims include:
- A former City of Laurel official
- Three former law enforcement officials including a former City of Laurel Police Chief
- Two relatives
- Two of Crawford’s former physicians
- A resident in his neighborhood
Crawford retired from his position as chief in 2010.
The mayor at the time, Craig Moe, reportedly said Crawford was retiring for personal reasons and had been placed on administrative leave through November 2010.