LEXINGTON, Mo.- A homeless man was taken into custody Monday, July 31, 2017, and charged in Lafayette County Circuit Court for attempting to lure people in Lexington on multiple occasions.
According to court documents, Ronald Keith Crawford, 69, of Lexington, Mo., is being charged with felony first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk (no sexual conduct) and felony first-degree attempted sexual abuse.
On one account a Lexington Police Department officer was dispatched to a call Monday night about a suspicious person report where two juveniles were approached by an adult male asking them to take a ride in a pick-up. Upon arrival the officer made contact with the juveniles who said the adult male gave them $5.00 for McDonald’s and also joined them in the restaurant. Crawford allegedly attempted to lure the two juveniles into the vehicle before they left and walked south on Business 13 Highway. The juveniles also claimed to see him again at a park on the corner of Business 13 and Franklin but ran.
Later that night the officer was dispatched again in reference to a person complaining a male had chased her to her residence in Lexington. Further investigation concluded that Crawford allegedly chased the victim who was riding a bike. Crawford also used physical force in his attempts to lure the victim on the bike. The unidentified victim was able to positively identify Crawford after authorities apprehended him in the area of 12th of Franklin in Lexington.
Court documents also indicate that Crawford was just placed on probation for two years by the Lafayette County Circuit Court for sexual misconduct on July 26, 2017. He is currently being held at the Lafayette County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond.
An arraignment hearing has not yet been scheduled and no attorney is listed for Crawford in court records.