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Ohio State University student missing after gunpoint abduction from Mansfield campus parking lot; suspect is the father of her child


Police are searching for missing woman Skylar Williams (right) and suspect Ty’rell Pounds (left). (Handout)

An Ohio State University student remained missing Tuesday morning after she was abducted from a parking lot at the school’s Mansfield campus, police said.

Skylar Williams was waiting in the parking lot around 11:45 a.m. Monday when she was approached by a man armed with a handgun and forced inside a rental car, according to a press release from Ohio State University’s Department of Public Safety.

Authorities told Fox 8 the 20-year-old victim was kidnapped by Ty’Rell Pounds, who is the father of her child.

A post on the suspect’s Facebook page, apparently written to their son, suggest the pair were having trouble with their relationship.

“Your mother kept me away from you and I was fighting for you through the court system,” one portion reads. “Your mother kept teasing and I got overwhelmed, I’m so sorry you have to grow up without us baby!! But we’ll be watching you trust me!!”

Police said they found the vehicle Pounds allegedly used in the abduction a short time later, but neither the suspect nor Williams were at the scene.

At some point Monday afternoon, Pounds allegedly stole a 2019 Dodge Caravan at gun point, according to the press release. The vehicle is dark in color and has a license plate reading FMZ-9621.

The Department of Public Safety urged students to take additional precautions in light of the incident and warned against approaching the suspect, who is “believed to be armed and dangerous.”

“Victims are never at fault when crimes occur. We remind you to increase your overall safety by being cautious and looking out for one another, being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive; walking with a trusted friend or co-worker when possible,” authorities said.

“If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative.”

Anyone with information on the case or Williams’ whereabouts is asked to call the Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 419-756-2222.