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Man Allegedly Stabs And Runs Over His Ex Because She Wouldn't Be With Him, Then Sets Himself On Fire

Lawrence Crawley allegedly stabbed Angela Maya Stith so many times the knife broke off in her back.

By Jon Silman

A man in Pennsylvania went to his ex's work, stabbed her repeatedly and ran over her again and again with his car until she died, police said. Then, he set himself on fire.

Lawrence Crawley, 33, from Philadelphia, was arrested on Friday morning, according to WCAU in Philadelphia. Crawley was charged with the murder of 33-year-old Angela Maya Stith.

Crawley went to see Stith at her work, Vector Security, and approached her while she was on break during her overnight shift, police said.  

They were both in a car together when he allegedly started attacking her at around 2:30 a.m., according to KYW-TV in Philadelphia.

She managed to get out of the car and make a run for it, but he caught up to her and kept beating and stabbing her. He stabbed her so many times that the blade of the knife broke off in her back, police said.

"It is disturbing what happened here," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said.

Nearby employees of the 24 hour security-monitoring company tried to stop Crawley, police said, while Stith called 911, but then he ran over her with his SUV. Steele said the attack was caught on video.

“The defendant got in a Chevy Avalanche, a vehicle that is approximately three tons, and he drove the car over top of her, again and again and again, and crushed her,” Steele said.

Crawley fled, police said, and left Stith dead in the parking lot.

Prosecutors said Crawley then called his mom and apologized: "Mom, I'm sorry I killed her. I ran over her and I killed her. I'm sorry, mom."

Crawley was spotted on the Pennsylvania Turnpike about 210 miles away from the scene of the crime.

"After he was pulled over, and there may have been somewhat of a crash scene at that point, the defendant lit himself on fire," Steele said.

Troopers put out the fire and rushed Crawley to the hospital, where he's listed in critical but stable condition, Steele said.

Stith and Crawley had only recently broke up, according to WCAU. Neighbors told the station that Crawley stalked her.

"She was a struggling mother. She had 3 kids and she was working and she was trying to better herself,"  Stith's uncle Judson Felder told WCAU. "And this guy just took her life away from her cause he couldn’t be with her."

Crawley is facing first-degree murder and weapons charges, WCAU reported. He was denied bail.

[Photo: Montgomery County District Attorney's Office]

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