Man Accused of Abducting and Beating Woman Over 4-day Period Pleads Not Guilty

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
November 18, 2023US News
Man Accused of Abducting and Beating Woman Over 4-day Period Pleads Not Guilty
Police search the garage of William Mozingo in Akron, Ohio on Oct. 16, 2023. (Akron Police via AP)

AKRON, Ohio—An Ohio man accused of abducting and beating a woman while she was confined for four days in a residential garage last month pleaded not guilty during a court hearing Thursday.

William Mozingo, 33, was arraigned on charges of kidnapping, felonious assault, abduction, and unlawful restraint. He has been held without bond since his Oct. 16 arrest due to a parole violation.

The 23-year-old Chardon woman was found after a resident called Akron police and said a friend had a woman in their outdoor garage without their knowledge and that the woman appeared to be injured. Relatives have said she suffered facial fractures, brain bleed, a broken arm, and finger injuries.

Authorities have said the woman knew Mr. Mozingo but not very well. The alleged abduction and attacks occurred after he offered to drive her home but instead took her to the garage.

Bodycam video of the arrest was released this week by police. It shows officers using a ladder to help the woman climb down from a partially hidden hole in the ceiling. She has bruises on both eyes.

A voicemail message left Thursday for Mr. Mozingo’s attorney was not returned.

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