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Police seize knives from Duke lacrosse accuser's apartment

Posted April 5, 2011

— Police have seized several knives from the apartment where a Durham woman known for falsely accusing three Duke University lacrosse players of rape allegedly stabbed her boyfriend on Sunday, according to a search warrant.

Crystal Mangum, 32, was charged Sunday with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. She is being held in the Durham County jail under a $300,000 bond.

Police said Mangum stabbed Reginald Daye, 46, in the torso with a kitchen knife during a dispute at 3507 Century Oaks Drive. He underwent emergency surgery at Duke University Hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.

Daye told officers that Mangum stabbed him on his left side and took his money, according to a search warrant released Tuesday.

Officers found several knives inside the apartment, including one stabbed into a couch cushion, the search warrant states. They removed the knives from the home, as well as parts of other knives and a set of brass knuckles, according to the warrant.

In March 2006, Mangum claimed three white players on the Duke lacrosse team trapped her inside a bathroom at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., where she was performing as a stripper at a team party, and raped and sexually assaulted her.

Her story about the incident was so inconsistent that state officials later declared the players innocent, saying there was no credible evidence against them.

In February 2010, police arrested Mangum after an altercation between her and a different boyfriend. In that incident, she was accused of assaulting the man in front of her children and setting some of his clothes on fire.

She was later convicted of child abuse, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer in the case, but prosecutors dismissed an arson charge after a jury couldn't reach a verdict.


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  • beachbum07 Apr 7, 2011

    there is something seriously wrong with that girl

  • cwa5555 Apr 6, 2011

    If one had to guess why things seem so strange in Durham County, one could imagine that there is something going on in the background. Think about it.

  • ajfuddermukker Apr 5, 2011

    Can anyone tell me why this person is still allowed to mingle and interact with society? She needs to be removed from society and put in a place with others just like her.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Apr 5, 2011

    How does this woman keep attracting boyfriends?

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Apr 5, 2011

    This is a troubled young woman. Lord I pray that you heal her mind and emotions. Amen.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Apr 5, 2011

    One of the reasons you haven't seen charges filed against her for falsely accusing the Duke Lacrosse players is that the government is too embarrassed about Nifong and don't want to risk repeating the mistake. They'd rather this story go away, but Mangum is a train-wreck determined to happen. She's going to kill someone or be killed unless they lock her up in solitary confinement.

  • the opinion no one asked for Apr 5, 2011

    why is this train wreck still in the news, and why is she still referred to as the duke lacrosse accuser. i think this reporter is just trying to make sure she gets some articles published. if my wife stabs me the story probably wont make it on here... unless maybe she went to duke at the time that this was going on. then wral can report and the headline would read: woman who attended duke during the lacrosse investigation stabbed her husband several years after the investigation was over, although unrelated to the duke lacrosse case she was at the college during that time so we feel bringing up the duke lacrosse case in this one is relevant

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Apr 5, 2011

    misterprecent - here's the ess el you tea's rap sheet:
    1. Accused three people of raping her when she was 14 but backed off her story.
    2. Accused her ex-husband of taking her into the woods to try to kill her - dismissed because she didn't show up for trial.
    3. Discharged from the Navy when she became pregnant by another sailor (not her husband).
    4. Multiple arrests as a stripper at Diamond Girls in Durham.
    5. Stole the keys to a customer's cab while giving him a lapdance then stole the cab while he was in the bathroom.
    6. Attempted to run over a police officer but struck the police car instead during the chase in the stolen cab. In the end, Mangum had racked up 10 charges, including driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license (her license has been suspended three times), eluding police, reckless driving, failure to heed a siren and lights, assault on an officer and larceny of a motor vehicle She is now the subject of charges by the Lacrosse players.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Apr 5, 2011

    She's so talented, maybe she could be a spokesperson for Ronco....she slices and dices.

  • misterprecedent Apr 5, 2011

    It's interesting that they never tried Mangum in regards to the Duke Lacrosse case. It's likely that SOMETHING happened at the party that the players and/or university did NOT want to come out publicly in a trial. Since she wasn't charged or convicted in that case, it can't be used against her now in this case.