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Police seize knives from Duke lacrosse accuser's apartment

Posted April 5, 2011 11:02 a.m. EDT
Updated April 5, 2011 11:30 a.m. EDT

— 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.