Corey Stoddard, tow truck driver, charged with second degree murder for hitting robber

2:31 PM, Jan 2, 2014   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A tow truck driver accused of hitting a robber with his truck on Tuesday has been charged with murder two while armed, according to court records.

The incident happened at the 1300 block of Kenilworth Avenue NE at 12:44 p.m. Tuesday.

According to charging documents Kevin Lewis Crouch of Southeast D.C. approached 35-year-old Corey Stoddard on the Collision Towing lot. Stoddard had been helping a customer at the time. The customer told police that Crouch talked about an allegedly towed vehicle before taking out a black handgun and announcing a robbery. The customer also reported that he and Stoddard tried to run away but Stoddard fell.

Stoddard told police later that when he fell Crouch hit him in the head twice with the gun. Stoddard took out his wallet and threw it to the fence before running in the opposite direction, he told police. He reported seeing Crouch pick up an object from that area, according to charging documents.

Charging documents also indicated that Stoddard told police he ran back to his tow truck in the lot and drove over to Crouch. The customer reported that Stoddard told him he struck Crouch with the truck while being chased. In the charging documents, police say evidence suggests Stoddard drove on the sidewalk and ran over Crouch. Crouch was dragged approximately 100 or more feet.

Police say the weapon, a pellet or BB gun, was found under Crouch's body.

Stoddard has been charged with second degree murder. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 22.

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