Crystal Mangum jailed under million dollar bond

Crystal Mangum's February 18 mugshot
February 18, 2010 3:22:50 PM PST
The woman who was the center of the infamous Duke Lacrosse rape case has been arrested and charged with assault.

After a brief court appearance Thursday morning, a judge set Crystal Gale Mangum's bond at $1 million. She remains in the Durham County Jail.

Durham police say the incident that landed her behind bars began as a domestic call on Lincoln Street just before midnight.

According to officers, the 33-year-old, got into an argument with her boyfriend, Milton Walker, which resulted in her assaulting him.

In a 911 call, a girl who said she was Mangum's 9-year-old daughter called for help.

Click here to listen to the 911 call (.wav)

According to the arrest warrant, Mangum scratched, punched and threw objects at Walker before setting his clothes on fire in a bathtub.

Police had to evacuate three children, Mangum and Milton from the apartment. The children are ages 10, 9 and 3. The Durham County magistrate would not confirm if the children are Mangum's. Firefighters were dispatched to put the fire out and no one was injured.

Mangum is charged with with five counts of arson, simple assault, ID theft, communicating a threat, damage to property and resist, delay and obstruction. She also faces three counts of child endangerment.

The magistrate told ABC11 Mangum is also charged with first-degree attempted murder for communicating a threat. She allegedly told Walker in front of officers, "I'm going to stab you [expletive]!"

ABC11 spoke to Walker Thursday. He said he and Mangum were getting ready to end their relationship when an argument got out of control.

Walker said he wasn't hurt during the fight, and said he believes Mangum may have been under the influence of alcohol.

He told ABC11 that the charges against Mangum are extreme and wants the media scrutiny of her to stop.

Nearly four years ago, Mangum, who was an exotic dancer, accused three Duke Lacrosse players of raping her at an off campus party.

The case made international news and the charges against the Duke students were eventually dismissed.

Since the case, Mangum graduated from North Carolina Central University and wrote a book. "The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story," which was released in 2008.

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