Mansfield abduction suspect and victim located

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OSHP News Release

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2019 
Contact: Lieutenant Robert Sellers (614) 752-2792

Mansfield abduction suspect and victim located

COLUMBUS - The suspect and victim in yesterday’s abduction from the Ohio State University Mansfield campus have been located in Kentucky.

Yesterday morning at approximately 11:45 a.m., the Patrol was notified of an abduction at gunpoint of an OSU student from the Mansfield campus. Witnesses described the suspect and victim and provided a description of them, and the vehicle driven by the suspect.

Law enforcement quickly identified the suspect as Ty’Rell Pounds, 24, of Mansfield. The victim was identified as Skylar Williams, 20, also of Mansfield. It was later discovered, the vehicle Pounds was driving had been abandoned at an Enterprise car rental facility and a dark gray Dodge Caravan had been stolen from another residence.

Information about the abduction was broadcasted to law enforcement and Caution Ohio Police entries were activated in Ohio and surrounding states in the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS). Residences of known family members and associates were checked and all leads and tips of their whereabouts were exhausted.

The current status of Pounds and Williams relationship is unknown, but it was confirmed the two had a child. The child was safe with family when the abduction occurred. Late yesterday, the Patrol was notified the suspect had been involved in a pursuit and violent altercation with Kentucky State Police Troopers. We have since confirmed both the suspect and the victim have been confirmed deceased.

The Kentucky State Police will be source of all information pertaining to that incident.



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