John Christopher Crawson is the man who authorities said caused the evacuation of his Williamson County neighborhood near Round Rock, Texas when police found improvised explosive devices in his house.
Crawson was charged with terroristic threats and jailed at the Williamson County Jail, his inmate record shows.
KXAN reported the neighborhood was evacuated the morning of Tuesday, February 23, 2021, after police were called to Crawson’s home to serve an arrest warrant following an investigation after he allegedly threatened a family member. He was arrested, and police later found IEDs in his home in the 2500 block of Santa Barbara Loop, they said. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office told the news outlet they would remain on the scene until the devices were safely removed. The public was asked to avoid the area. Anyone who lives in the area and was not contacted by authorities does not need to evacuate.
Here’s what you need to know:
Authorities Found Explosives in Crawson’s Home February 23 When They Were Serving an Arrest Warrant for Alleged Threats Against a Family Member in January
Crawson’s charges stemmed from an alleged threat made against a family member on January 18, 2021. His charge, terroristic threats against a family member, is a third degree felony, his jail record indicates. Officials were serving an arrest warrant at his house when the IEDs were found.
Members of the bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) remained at Crawson’s home investigating into the afternoon, KXAN reported.
Here is his jail record:
Deputies told KXAN a “lengthy investigation” preceded the arrest warrant. Authorities did not immediately specify what kinds of devices they found or how many.