HAZARD — Hazard Police Department (HPD) responded to a domestic violence call at a residence on Chester Street last week. A husband is accused of unlawfully imprisoning his wife and two others inside the home.
HPD said they received a report of domestic violence at a residence on Chester Street around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 18. The caller told HPD that Billy Crawford was standing outside his home with a baseball bat and had threatened his wife. The call also told police Crawford had forced his wife and two others inside the residence.
When officers responded to the report, Crawford was standing outside his home. When officers attempted to place him under arrest, HPD says Crawford resisted and tried to flee from officers. Crawford was transported by ambulance to Hazard ARH; he was later taken to Kentucky River Regional Jail, where he was lodged in.
During HPD’s investigation into the case, HPD believes Crawford came to the residence and kicked the door. In the process of kicking the door, Crawford damaged the lock, door jamb, and the wall behind the wall, HPD says.
Once inside the residence, HPD says Crawford picked up a baseball bat and started swinging it around the room. He told the three people inside, one of them was his life, that they could not leave the house, HPD says.
Crawford is facing charges of fourth-degree assault, second-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct, and third-degree criminal mischief.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.