WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - The Massachusetts man who fled to White River Junction last week just hours after he allegedly tried to kill his mother with both a knife and a meat tenderizer has waived extradition back to his home state to face attempted murder and aggravated assault charges.
Ian Crowley, 31, who told social workers in Vermont last week that he likes to go by the nickname “Zero,” made a subdued appearance in the courtroom in White River Junction Monday afternoon with his arm conspicuously in a sling.
Last Wednesday evening’s attack upon 64-year-old Tara Crowley in her home in Walpole, Massachusetts, which is on the southwest outskirts of Boston, brought whole neighborhoods to a standstill as dozens of police officers searched intensively for Crowley into the pre-dawn hours with the aid of dogs, ATVs and helicopters.
Crowley somehow slipped through the police dragnet and popped up in White River Junction early the next morning where he was spotted walking along a local street in pajama bottoms and carrying an “Easter-themed” teddy bear.
A Hartford police officer who stopped and spoke with Crowley first thing on Thursday morning described his mannerisms as giving her the creeps but at that time a check of police computers did not indicate that he was wanted so she gave him a courtesy ride in her cruiser to a local medical clinic so that he could get treatment for an injured finger.
Officials at The Haven homeless shelter in White River Junction later told police that Crowley had come into their facility during the day on Thursday, giving them a fake name and claiming he was an Appalachian Trial hiker who’d injured his finger and had to leave his camping gear back in the woods as a result.
The Haven gave Crowley a new tent and some supplies which he apparently used to spend the night Thursday in White River Junction, probably underneath one of the bridges over the White River itself, before he returned to The Haven early the next morning seeking to get breakfast at the shelter.
Since he was too early (the Haven’s cafe´ didn’t open for another hour) the staff turned Crowley away, telling him to return later, but, over the course of the next hour, they began to realize that he matched the news bulletins they were seeing on television about an intense manhunt that had been underway in the Bay State.
A Haven staffer then called Hartford Police reporting that she was “positive” that Crowley was the person who they had been dealing with because “he had very recognizable features,” according to an affidavit filed with the court.
Hartford Police checked a number of potential “camping spots” around the downtown and then learned over the noon hour that Crowley had just returned to The Haven again.
Police rolled in and arrested Crowley without incident in the cafe´ where they noted that he had “a splint on his left pointer finger and his left arm in a sling (and) the shoes Crowley was wearing appeared to have a reddish material on them that resembled dried blood.”
The paperwork the Walpole Police Department provided to the court in Vermont described “all of Walpole’s officers” being dispatched to a residence on Common Street just after 7 p.m. last Wednesday night where they found Crowley’s mother “sitting on a couch inside the living area talking on her cell phone (while) covered in blood.”
Police wrote that she “had an extremely large amount of blood coming from her head, neck and chest area,” and said Crowley “stated she was attacked by her son…with a knife and a meat tenderizer.”
Police found blood “throughout” the interior of the home, noting “the floors were covered in blood along with the counter tops.”
Walpole Fire Department paramedics transported Crowley’s mother to Boston Medical Center where detectives later interviewed her and photographed “various puncture wounds to the back of her head, neck and shoulder,” according to the police report.
After Crowley waived extradition on Monday afternoon he was ordered held without bail until Massachusetts authorities could come and pick him up, something which is expected to take place as early as Tuesday at the Springfield jail.
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