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Duke Lacrosse Accuser Arrested
Anna Turner, Staff Writer
On February i8, police ar
rested Crystal Mangum, the woman
who, four years ago, accused three
Duke University lacrosse players
of raping her. According to WRAL,
Mangum was arrested for assault
ing her boyfriend and setting fire
to a bathtub full of clothes. Police
were alerted of her behavior by,
who they believe to be, one of her
three children. As WRAL reported,
at 11:00 pm, a 911 call was made
reporting a domestic dispute. Au
thorities found Mangum fighting
with her boyfriend, Milton Walker.
Police reported that Mangum
continued to fight after their ar
rival and attempted to stab Walker
and tried to set another fire in the
This is not Mangum’s first
run-in with Durham police. In
March of 2006, Crystal Mangum
fired a loaded accusation at three
members of Duke University’s la
crosse team. Mangum, who at the
time worked as an exotic dancer
and escort, accused three of the
lacrosse players of raping her at a •
house party she was hired to at
tend. After a trial that was moni
tored nationwide, the three players
were declared innocent as a result
of inconsistencies in Mangum’s
testimony. According to the Duke
Chronicle, former Durham Dis
trict Attorney Mike Nifong acted
inappropriately in accusing the
three players of rape, and when all
charges against the players were .
ultimately dropped, Nifong was
disbarred and jailed briefly for the
way he handled the case.
Mangum was being held
under a $1 million bond. The Duke
Chronicle reports that on February
23, the judge reduced her bond to
$250,000. The News and Observer
reports, even if Mangum posts
bail, she will be put under elec
tronic house arrest and prohibited
from contacting Milton Walker.
According to the News and Ob
server, she has been charged with
attempted first-degree murder,
five counts of arson, assault and
battery, communicating threats,
three counts of misdemeanor child
abuse, injury to personal prop
erty, identity theft and resisting a
public officer. According to police
documents. Magnum was in
tensely fighting with her boyfriend,
scratching, punching, and
According to the News
and Observer, Mangum gave
police officers the fake name
“Marella Mangum,” which led
to her identity theft charge.
Mangum also set a bathtub
filled with clothes on fire. Po
lice called the fire department
and no one was injured.
Crystal Mangum, photo courtesy of The News andObserver
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