A Pennsylvania man reportedly lit himself on fire on Friday after he was approached by authorities trying to arrest him on suspicion of a deadly attack on a woman earlier the same day.
According to WJAC, 33-year-old Lawrence Crawley is facing charges of first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Angela Stith and running over her body repeatedly, killing her.
Police say the suspect and victim had dated in the past. Crawley faced assault charges several months ago in connection with another incident involving Stith.
Following the deadly incident this week in Montgomery County, officers reportedly located the suspect’s vehicle in Somerset County on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Upon approaching Crawley, reports indicate he lit himself on fire. He was transmitted to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele described the crime as “disturbing,” as reported by WCAU.
Reports indicate Stith was in her vehicle during a break at her position at Vector Security in Whitemarsh Township.
After the initial attack, the victim was able to get out of her car, but police say the suspect pursued and escalated the violence when he caught up to her.
Steele said Crawley stabbed her to the point where the blade off the knife was in her back during the autopsy.”
Prosecutors say the suspect will be charged with first-degree murder among other weapons-related charges after he is released into the custody of Mongtomery County authorities.
According to Steele, Crawley will be held behind bars without bail.
— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) August 3, 2018
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