Armed career criminal put away for 15 years
Curtis Crawford’s past caught up with him today.
Since 1991, Curtis Crawford has been charged with murder, robbery and aggravated assault. With a long history of drug trafficking in a notoriously violent neighborhood, Crawford, 40, has been arrested 10 times on drug charges and later convicted seven times on felony drug counts. He also has been found guilty on numerous weapons charges and, in addition, has “violated his parole countless times,” according to court documents.
Crawford’s past caught up with him today when he was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act to 15 years in a federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm.
“You have a guy with a lengthy criminal record in a dangerous neighborhood with a gun. That’s a bad combination,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Livermore. “The purpose of the Armed Career Criminal Act is to get people like Mr. Crawford off the street.”
Crawford was convicted July 11 for illegal possession of a gun by a felon.
Shortly before midnight on Aug. 22, 2012, three plainclothes police officers were investigating a series of early morning robberies in North Philadelphia.
At a small park near 9th and Butler Streets, Officers Thomas Bellon and Kevin Gorman approached several men seated on a park bench to ask a few questions as Officer James Boone remained in their unmarked car. Crawford was seated nearby with a woman, according to court papers.
As Gorman began to speak to the men, Crawford stood up, walked away, then took off running down Butler.
Boone, who was getting out of the car, noticed Crawford holding a black semi-automatic handgun in his right hand. Boone got back into the car and began to chase Crawford with Gorman and Bellon joining the pursuit on foot. Gorman saw Crawford throw an object into a storm drain, according to court documents.
Boone caught up with Crawford in an alleyway near the 3800 block of North Franklin Street. Boone searched Crawford but found no gun and no drugs. Crawford, who was on parole, explained he had had three bags of marijuana on him and that’s why he ran. He claimed to have thrown the marijuana away as he was being chased, court papers said.
Boone searched the alley for the marijuana, found none, and called the Philadelphia Streets Department to help with the search.
Streets workers fished out the contents of the storm drain. In the muck, they found a loaded Walther P22 with a laser sight in good condition.
In addition to the prison term, Crawford was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and serve five years of supervised release.