FD man charged with attempted murder

A Fort Dodge man is being held on $1 million cash bond in connection with the attempted murder of a Fort Dodge woman.

Larry Darnell Crawford, 43, was arrested Saturday after Jolene Crawford, 39, 339 Loomis Ave., was discovered unconscious in her bedroom.

According to the Fort Dodge Police Department, Jolene Crawford had suffered blunt force trauma to her head. She was in critical condition Saturday evening after being flown by medical helicopter to a Des Moines hospital where she underwent surgery.

Jolene Crawford was discovered around 6:30 a.m. by police officers who had been dispatched to the home, according to Police Chief Tim Carmody.

According to Carmody, Jolene Crawford and Larry Crawford were involved in a relationship, but he did not say if they were married.

However, Iowa Courts Online records show Jolene L. Crawford was granted a divorce from Larry D. Crawford six years ago, in March 2007.

Online court records also show Larry Crawford had been cited in 2006 for violating a no-contact order.

In November 2012, online court records show a five-year no-contact order against Larry Crawford that was implemented in November 2010 was lifted.

Investigators have charged Larry Crawford with attempted murder.

Records in The Messenger’s files show Larry Crawford was sentenced to seven days in jail in March 2011 for violation of a no-contact order. At that time, his address was listed as 311 First Ave. S., which is the Fort Dodge Residential Center.

Carmody said Saturday that investigators are not looking for any other suspects.

He said that in addition to his department, the incident is being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the DCI Crime Lab and the Webster County attorney’s office.

“At this early point in the investigation officers and investigators continue to process evidence, interview witnesses and search for additional information,” he said.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Fort Dodge Police Detective Ryan Gruenberg at 573-1426 or Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent online at wccrimestoppers.com or by texting “LEC” and the tip to 274637.