December 20, 2014

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Marshals searching for man involved in Sheffield hit-skip

U.S. Marshals and Sheffield police say they’re searching for an Elyria man who struck a motorcyclist with his car on July 26 in Sheffield and then fled the scene, leaving his 11-year-old stepson in the car.

Michael Crawford, 31, faces charges for aggravated vehicular assault, obstruction of justice and child endangering.

The driver of the motorcycle that was struck has since been treated and released from the hospital for injuries to his face, said Sheffield Detective Bill Visalden.

Crawford was driving near North Abbe and Detroit roads that day when he struck the motorcycle, then drove around the wreck and into a nearby shopping center, where he exited his vehicle and fled on foot when police arrived, Visalden said.

He left his 11-year-old stepson in the car when he fled the scene, Visalden said.  

U.S. Marshals say Crawford is 6-foot, 160-pound white male who sports a tattoo on his right shoulder. At the time of the incident his head was bald. 

His criminal history includes aggravated robbery, probation violations and drug possession, and he has warrants from police in North Ridgeville and Elyria and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff.

Marshals are asking anyone with information to call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at (866) 4WANTED.