Thursday, February 18, 2010

Crystal Mangum jailed under million dollar bond

DURHAM (WTVD) -- The woman who was the center of the infamous Duke Lacrosse rape case has been arrested and charged with assault.

After a brief court appearance Friday morning, a judge set Crystal Gale Mangum's bond at $1 million. She remains in the Durham County Jail.

Durham police say the incident that landed her behind bars began as a domestic call on Lincoln Street just before midnight Thursday.

According to officers, the 33-year-old, got into an argument with her boyfriend, Milton Walker, which resulted in her assaulting him.

According to the arrest warrant, Mangum scratched, punched and threw objects at Walker before setting his clothes on fire in a bathtub.

Police had to evacuate three children, Mangum and Milton from the apartment. The children are ages 10, 9 and 3. The Durham County magistrate would not confirm if the children are Mangum's. Firefighters were dispatched to put the fire out and no one was injured.

Mangum is charged with with five counts of arson, simple assault, ID theft, communicating a threat, damage to property and resist, delay and obstruction. She also faces three counts of child endangerment.

The magistrate told ABC11 Mangum is also charged with first-degree attempted murder for communicating a threat. She allegedly told Walker in front of officers, "I'm going to stab you [expletive]!"...snipped WTVD-TV/DT

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