Woman killed in Hill District tied to drug investigation

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A woman killed in the Hill District last week was expected to meet with prosecutors in a Mount Washington drug case, police said Monday.

Exactly how Tina Crawford, 34, was tied to the investigation of two men accused of running a drug operation from a home rented from a former Steelers player is unclear.

Spokespeople for the Pittsburgh police and Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, which handled the drug arrests, did not respond to requests for comment on the matter.

Ms. Crawford, a security worker at the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority for 13 years, died Friday afternoon after police said a group of men opened fire into the garage at the Crawford family’s Cherokee Street home.

Ms. Crawford died after she was shot multiple times in the trunk and neck, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office.

Her mother, Patsy Crawford, was shot in the hip. Police said her injuries are not life-threatening.

Police said Ms. Crawford was expected to meet with prosecutors leading the investigation into Price Montgomery, 34, of Mount Washington, and James Perrin, 35, no address listed.

Perrin and Montgomery were charged in June with drug and gun charges and with acting as part of a corrupt organization after agents with the attorney general’s office said they spotted the two leaving a William Street house where investigators found about 1,500 bricks of heroin, more than $100,000 in cash, 16 guns and a live chicken.

That house is owned by former Steelers cornerback Trevor Deshea Townsend, who said earlier this summer that he leases out the property and neither Perrin nor Montgomery was listed on the lease for it.

Attorneys for Perrin and Montgomery could not be reached Monday evening.

Court records show that Perrin’s $185,000 bond was revoked Aug. 14 and a judge issued a bench warrant for him the next day.

Coston Funeral Homes in East Liberty is expected to handle arrangements for Tina Crawford, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Details of those services were not available Monday.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.


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