Akron Police rescue woman from serial kidnapper in shocking bodycam video

Police say a serial kidnapper kidnapped women, beat them with baseball bats, doused them with gasoline, and held them in a garage for several days while threatening to set them on fire.

On Oct. 16, Akron police surrounded a Kenmore, Ohio, cabin with guns and yelled for William Mozingo to come out in the air with his hands empty, newly released body camera video shows.

As he was handcuffed, other officers entered the garage and used a ladder to help Chloe Jones, 23, climb down through a partially hidden hole in the ceiling.

“After being rescued by police, Chloe spent three days in the ICU with facial fractures, a brain bleed, and broken arms and fingers,” her mother, Jesse Barham, wrote in a GoFundMe post. “During the four days she was detained, she was constantly tortured.”

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William Mozingo was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a woman and torturing her for several days. (Akron Police Department)

Police said Jones and Mozingo were acquaintances and that Mozingo abducted Jones in October after offering to give her a ride home.

Instead of taking her home, he allegedly took her to an outdoor storage shed and locked her up for several days until the garage owner discovered and called the police.

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“She was tied up, doused with gasoline, and threatened to be set on fire,” her mother wrote on GoFundMe. “Chloe was beaten head to toe by him with a baseball bat and fists, held at knifepoint dozens of times and threatened to have her throat slit.

“My daughter was forced to urinate on her own because she was not given bathroom breaks. He suffocated her multiple times, telling her that he would cut her throat if she passed out. “I wanted her to wake up so I could fully understand what I was doing.” “

Chloe Jones was rescued by police with injuries all over her body

Chloe Jones, 23, was rescued by Akron police after she was allegedly held captive and assaulted by William Mozingo. (Akron Police Department)

Photo of Chloe Jones without injuries

Chloe Jones, 23, was uninjured. (Jesse Barham/GoFundMe)

jones told Fox 8 Her son’s thoughts kept her alive.

“I thought about him every day. I saw his face in my head every day,” she said.

And Mozingo allegedly used that against her. She told her local news outlet that her son teased her with the idea of ​​never seeing her son again.

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“It was scary,” she said. “I can’t even count how many times he threatened my life because I feared for yours so many times.”

Mozingo was arrested and charged with assault, unlawful restraint, kidnapping, kidnapping, parole violation, and escape.

He is being held in the Summit County Jail on $100,000 bail, according to jail records.

Akron police surround the cabin where Chloe Jones was allegedly held

Akron police surrounded the cabin where William Mozingo allegedly held a kidnapped woman captive for four days, police said. (Akron Police Department)

Body camera footage shows police helping kidnap victim Chloe Jones off a ladder while rescuing her.

Police said they helped Chloe Jones climb down a ladder through a partially covered hole in the roof of the detached shed, where she was held captive for several days. (Akron Police Department)

Mozingo has a long rap sheet that includes prison terms for kidnapping in 2011, 2014 and 2019.

Records show the suspect also held a woman at knifepoint in a Walmart bathroom in 2017.

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In a recent attack in 2019, he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend from her home in Canton, Ohio, beat her, and left her unconscious and undressed.

He served 18 months in prison before being eligible for parole, according to court records.

Akron police were seen on body cameras using shovels to pry the shed open.

Body camera footage showed Akron police using shovels to pry the shed open. (Akron Police Department)

“There was no reason this man should have been on the streets,” Jones’ mother wrote in a GoFundMe post.

“He has proven time and time again that he will commit crimes again. They knew he was going to have another victim and the justice system did nothing to stop him. .”

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Akron Police Lt. Michael Miller referred questions about why Mozingo fled for correction.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction did not immediately respond to questions.


But Miller said in an emailed statement that law enforcement “remains committed to our never-ending commitment to making the city of Akron safer for everyone.”

“We are pleased to have played a small role in helping this victim in this unique situation and wish her all the best for her healing and recovery.”

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