Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Manhattan teen’s boyfriend charged with murder in knife attack

NEW YORK — An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder for stabbing his 16-year-old girlfriend to death in Manhattan last month, prosecutors said.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Tuesday announced an indictment of Jair Crumbley in the Dec. 11 stabbing death of Sania Lawrence in central Harlem.

Crumbly has been charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count of first degree robbery.

Information about his lawyer was not immediately available.

According to Bragg’s office, citing statements made by prosecutors and court records, on December 11 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Crumbley and Lawrence were at an acquaintance’s apartment when they argued over a call Lawrence received. Crumbly allegedly tried to leave the apartment with his girlfriend’s phone. According to prosecutors, when Lawrence tried to retrieve his phone, Crumbley refused, saying “Come back or I’ll stab you”.

Reportedly it was at this point that Crumbly and Lawrence fought over the phone during a fight at the apartment, before Crumbly knelt on the young girl’s neck. Crumbly flees the apartment with Lawrence’s knife and phone.

Lawrence was taken by ambulance to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

“Sanya Lawrence’s young life was tragically cut short by this shocking crime allegedly committed by her boyfriend,” Bragg said. “My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Miss Lawrence as they experience this unimaginable pain.”

Bragg’s office reminds the public that incidents of domestic violence may be reported by calling the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Hotline at 212-335-4308 or by visiting the Manhattan Family Justice Center. 80 Center Street. Help is available to those who need it, regardless of their immigration status.

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