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Police: Stabbing evidence destroyed

Courtney Astolfi • Jan 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

A Sandusky man was stabbed Monday morning at a Jefferson Street home, where a woman was later arrested for allegedly allowing a house guest to clean up the crime scene while police awaited a search warrant.

Tiffany Crawford, 20, of the 600 block of E. Jefferson St., was charged with felony tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

Sandusky police arrived at a Franklin Street home at about 1 a.m. to find Dashon Oglesby, 27, slumped over on the front steps, surrounded by a pool of blood with a gaping cut on his forearm, according to a police report.

Oglesby later told police he was jumped by several people at a Jefferson Street house party, where he suddenly got hit with a broken beer bottle and his right arm started to hurt, the report said.

Oglesby stumbled away, then encountered a man while walking down the street. The man escorted Oglesby to his friend’s Franklin Street home where the resident quickly dialed 911, the report said.

While officers were piecing together what had occurred, they found a trail of blood spanning several blocks. The trail ended at Crawford’s home, where officers found a broken window covered in plastic, glass shards littering the ground and a large amount of blood, the report said.

Crawford exited the home, allegedly claiming officers had no right shining flashlights at the house and denying them entry. When police explained how they tracked the blood trail to her house and asked to swab the window for DNA, Crawford allegedly said they’d need a search warrant and refused to let them inside.

As an officer worked to obtain a warrant, two other officers stood just outside the broken window, where they overheard “subjects inside talking about blood being on the inside of the window frame” the report said.

A short while later, an officer saw someone standing just inside the window, apparently tampering with it.

Sandusky police Lt. Robery VanScoy “believed evidence was being destroyed and determined entry needed to be made,” the report said.

Once inside, officers found the plastic covering and window still had fresh water spots and streaking, leading them to believe someone had wiped the materials down, the report said.

“At this point it was determined that Crawford, who was still yelling at officers, had ... allowed someone to damage/destroy evidence,” the report said.

Crawford remains in the Erie County jail on $10,000 bond. Oglesby, who had outstanding warrants, was treated at Firelands Regional Medical Center before he was taken to the jail. He’s being held on $20,000 bond.

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