NewsShocking footage. Woman held captive by serial kidnapper

Shocking footage. Woman held captive by serial kidnapper

The police freed a woman kidnapped in October.
The police freed a woman kidnapped in October.
Images source: © Akron Police
9:52 AM EST, November 15, 2023

Police in Akron, United States, have released footage of a dramatic rescue involving a kidnapped woman. The 23-year-old victim was held captive by a serial kidnapper who attempted to set her on fire and consistently threatened her life.

Local authorities in Akron, Ohio, shared the video footage from October 16th which reveals the fraught release of the kidnapped woman. The video shows officers surrounding an old shed in Akron, calling for the kidnapper to surrender with his hands up.

Kidnapper Threatened to Kill Victim and Held Her in an Isolated Shed

The kidnapper, identified as William Mozingo, held Chloe Jones, an acquaintance of his, captive for several days. Investigators found that in early October, Mozingo offered Jones a ride, and instead of taking her home, he took her to a rundown shed in the suburbs.

Mozingo restrained his victim, doused her in gasoline, and threatened to burn her alive. Jones was also subjected to physical abuse with a baseball bat and punches. Mozingo repeatedly choked Jones, while also denying her food and access to a restroom.

"My daughter was forced to urinate on herself as she wasn't allowed bathroom breaks. He repeatedly choked her, threatening to slit her throat if she passed out," wrote Jones's mother on a GoFundMe page.

In an interview with Fox 8, Jones disclosed that her strength to endure came from the thought of her son. Picturing his face and voice provided her a brief respite from the horrifying reality she was living.

Mozingo was ultimately discovered by the owner of the shed, who promptly alerted the police. Mozingo was subsequently arrested and faces charges of assault, unlawful detention, kidnapping, abduction, and parole violation.

Mozingo, whose criminal record is extensive, has prior convictions for kidnappings dating back to 2011, 2014, and 2019. Despite health charges, he was recently released on a bail of $100,000.

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