Arrest surprises residents

GALWAY- People living in this community who know Glendon Crawford describe him as a friendly and polite man – a description that conflicts with the image of a man federal authorities say tried to build a “death ray” to target Muslims and “enemies of Israel.”

Crawford, 49, of 171 Hinds Road, and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson were charged Wednesday with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Officials say the two were trying to create a mobile device that could fire doses of X-ray radiation at people.

Justin Mechanick of Middle Grove said Thursday he had seen Crawford come in a few times at the Village Home and Garden in Galway.

Mechanick said Crawford didn’t seem the type of person who would want to kill people.

“He was friendly, intelligent, a little on the eccentric side, you could say,” Mechanick said.

Mechanick said he was surprised when he heard about Crawford’s charges.

“Sounded like something out of a movie,” Mechanick said.

Mechanick said Crawford may be a bit loud at times, but never rude or obnoxious.

“You knew he was there, but he wasn’t in your face,” Mechanick said.

At Chuck’s Store, a lunch counter and convenience shop in Galway, the news of the arrest of Crawford – who authorities said works as an industrial mechanic for the General Electric Co. – was surprising.

Charlie Ainsworth of Providence said he knows Crawford through Crawford’s wife, Angela, who previously worked at Chuck’s.

“They only live a mile from me,” Ainsworth said.

Ainsworth said Crawford never seemed the type of person who would do something like he’s accused of.

“He was always a really nice, polite guy, real nicely dressed,” Ainsworth said.

Chuck Quinlan, owner of Chuck’s store, said, “Anyone who knew him would be surprised.”

Quinlan described Angela Crawford as a nice person.

Quinlan said her husband had seemed upbeat.

“Doesn’t fit the logic,” Quinlan said.

Glendon Crawford was involved with the Barkersville Church, according to Quinlan, and has been involved in the Galway Memorial Day Parade in the past. He would ride a golf cart in the parade.

Quinlan said Crawford has three children, and two of them attend school.

Angela Crawford could not be reached for comment and no one answered the door at the Crawford home Thursday.