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Louisville suspects accused of violently attacking woman, 2-year-old girl and infant twins

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested two people for robbing and attacking a woman and three young children, exactly one week after they ransacked the exact same home with the same victims inside.

According to arrest reports, it happened Thursday, just after 9 p.m. at an apartment in the 2300 block of Terrier Court, near the intersection of Goldsmith Lane and Bardstown Road.

Police say 51-year-old Ricky Crawford and 49-year-old Earlena Richards kicked in the door of the apartment. A woman was inside the residence, along with a 2-year-old child and 4-month-old twins.

According to the arrest reports, as soon as the woman saw the intruders, she grabbed a cell phone, but Richards ripped it out of her hand and "broke it apart in order to thwart her from calling the police." Richards also ripped her hearing aids out and put her hands around her throat, bashing her head into the ground several times until she lost consciousness, according to police. 

Police say the woman awoke a short time later to the sound of the 2-year-old girl crying. According to the arrest report, Crawford turned the child upside-down, grabbed her by her upper thigh and "shook her around, causing redness and bruising."

Police say Crawford then picked up the 4-month-old twins and threw them on the bed, causing them to bounce and hit the head board.

According to the arrest reports, both Crawford and Richards ransacked the apartment, yelling, "Where is the money?" and "Why did you take out the EPO?"

They left when the woman was able to regain control of her cell phone, reassemble it and call police.

Both suspects were arrested a couple of hours later. They are charged with first-degree robbery, intimidating a participant in a legal process and wanton endangerment.

The alleged attack came exactly one week after both Richards and Crawford -- along with a third suspect, 26-year-old James Richards -- were arrested for ransacking the same apartment with the same victims inside. According to arrest reports, that incident happened last Thursday, at almost the exact same time. 

In that incident, police say the suspects also kicked in the door. At that point, the female resident grabbed the twins and put them in a bedroom. By the time she returned to get the 2-year-old -- her granddaughter -- the suspects were inside the home.

According to the arrest report, three of the suspects wore masks and had guns. They allegedly ransacked the home, while the woman struggled with one of the suspects, pulling off the suspect's mask.

At that point, the suspects fled.

Police say the woman suffered pain to her shoulder and a scratch to her arm. The 2-year-old was taken to Norton Children's Hospital and evaluated.

Police arrested James Richards just after 6 p.m. last Friday. According to the arrest report, he was found with baby clothes that were stolen during the robbery. He is charged with complicity to first-degree robbery and receipt of stolen property. 

Both Crawford and Earlena Richards were arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with first-degree burglary, fourth degree assault and theft by unlawful taking. Earlena Richards is charged with wanton endangerment. Crawford is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

James Richards has been in jail since since the first incident. At some point after that incident and before the second alleged incident, Crawford and Earlena Richards were released from jail.

All three suspects are in jail now.

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