FAYETTE COUNTY, Pa. - A man was arrested Monday after police said he broke into a Fayette County woman's home and stabbed her to death.
Police said the incident happened at the Holiday Mobile Home Park in North Union Township.
Investigators said Henry Crawford, 56, of Uniontown, kicked in the victim's door and stabbed her. Officers said when they arrived at the home, Crawford attempted to escape out of a back door but the home was surrounded.
Troopers said when they got inside they found Lisa Tupta, 48, on a couch with stab wounds to her neck and stomach. She was transported to an area hospital where she later died.
Tupta’s mother, Peggy Crable, said Crawford was obsessed with her daughter and had been stalking her.
“She was my best friend. I could talk to her and tell her anything,” Crable said. “She was one of the best people in the world."
At one point, police filed charges against Crawford, but Tupta dropped them and continued to be nice to him.
“He wouldn’t take no for an answer,” Crable said.
According to Crable, Crawford wanted a relationship with Tupta, but she only wanted to be friends. Crable said she begged her daughter to stay away from him, but she forgave his behavior and had a big heart.
“She would do anything to help anybody,” Crable said.
Neighbors said Tupta was a friendly woman who loved her dogs and loved to work around her house.
"She was a beautiful girl. Couldn't find nobody better. Always talked, always stopped. She was great," said neighbor Jack Porter.
Crawford has an extensive criminal past. According to police records, Crawford has been convicted of simple assault, harassment, terroristic threats and several other charges.