Crenshaw; Wanted For Capital Murder

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[On The Spot]


Connecticut police in both Hartford and Enfield need your help to remove from the streets a women-beater who upgraded his skills to murder. 

On August 8, 2008, Darryl Crenshaw, 25, kidnapped and murdered Ashley Gardaé Peoples, 22; she was an aspiring young lady he supposedly once loved. 

On August 9, 2008, Peoples’ family reported her missing to the Hartford police when she failed to return calls. The Hartford Police’s Major Crimes Division secured an arrest warrant for Darryl Crenshaw immediately. 

Hartford police had previously arrested Crenshaw on July 1, 2008, for kidnapping and placing a plastic bag over the head of his former girlfriend Sanavia Jefferson back in April.  “I was kidnapped and almost died,” Jefferson was reported as saying; “He had beat me up and put a plastic bag over my face.”   .

Crenshaw failed his first reported attempt at murder when he tried to kill Jefferson. That case has not been adjudicated and Crenshaw was released on $50,000 bail.

Peoples met Crenshaw approximately two months ago, and apparently had broken off their relationship. “I was at the barbershop with Ashley and Crenshaw was talking to her really loud in front of everybody.  She told me to hold her cell phone and got into the car to talk to him,” a friend of Ashley’s recalls, going on to say: “I did not like him; he did not know how to hold a conversation.  I don’t know anything about him and asked Ashley not to talk to me about him.”

Peoples was last seen in the passenger’s seat of Crenshaw’s car being driven out of a Hartford parking lot against her will. “A guy who works in the barber shop where Peoples was getting her hair done said he saw Crenshaw punch Peoples in the mouth and then pulled off,” says Elisa Astacio, a co-worker and friend of Peoples’.

Peoples did not report to CarMax the next day where she was employed as a manager. “I spoke with Darryl and told him Ashley needed to be here at work. I asked him could I speak with her, but he did not answer,” says Elisa, referring to an August 9th phone conversation.

“He then said she was asleep and he was going to get some McDonald’s.” 

The next day Peoples body was found in Crenshaw’s Enfield apartment; she had been beaten and had trauma to the head and neck.

The Enfield Police Department secured an arrest warrant for Crenshaw, a.k.a. “Red.” Records show his birthdate as March 26, 1983; he is charged with capital murder in connection with the kidnapping of Peoples. “Peoples was apparently strangled,” says Carl Sferrazza, Enfield’s chief of Police. “We actively are doing all we can t try to locate Mr. Crenshaw.”

The Black Star News spoke with Crenshaw’s father, Charles Ray Crenshaw, 64, in Bloomfield Conn.: “I had police in my house since three o’clock in the morning. Do you think I’m going to tell you anything different from what I already told the police? I have not seen my son for weeks; he doesn’t have a steady job, and he works odd jobs here and there. My son doesn’t live here.” 

Calls made to the senior Crenshaw after Peoples’ body was found in his son’s apartment were not returned.

Peoples was laid to rest Saturday August 16, 2008; the manhunt for Darryl Crenshaw continues.  It’s unclear whether the Enfield Police requested a reward be posted to assist in the arrest of Crenshaw. 

Crenshaw may not resemble the headshot currently available; he’s grown his hair and clean shaved his face. He’s approximately 6’ and weighs 158 lbs; he has numerous tattoos, and was last seen driving a green 2000-01 Chrysler Concord LXI. Crenshaw’s image also was posted on America’s Most Wanted website, confidential hotline: 800-CRIME-TV.

Any one with information can call Hartford Crime Stoppers and text a tip at 860-722-TIPS (8477).  For anonymous tips, which cannot be tracked, text CRIMES (274637) then enter TIP716 and your message.

BSN has contacted the Enfield police chief to determine if a reward will posted; we have not yet received a response.

“I must emphasize that the community’s help can make all the difference in holding those responsible for crimes in our city accountable and that they are brought to justice,” says Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts.

No one apparently knows where this woman beater may have dropped off the earth.  He must be stopped before he strikes again. Let’s prevent another daughter, female family member or friend from coming into contact with a creep like this. 

Let’s take Darryl Crenshaw off the streets and put him where he belongs.

More to come.


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