Manhunt underway for suspect accused of abducting OSU student, stealing van at gunpoint near Mansfield campus

Manhunt underway for suspect accused of abducting OSU student, stealing van at gunpoint near Mansfield campus
Ty'rell Pounds and the abduction victim (Source: OSU Department of Public Safety)

MANSFIELD, OH (WOIO) - Police are searching for the suspect who abducted a female student and stole a vehicle at gunpoint near the Ohio State University Mansfield campus.

According to the OSU’s Department of Public Safety, a female student was standing in the campus parking lot just before noon on Monday when she was approached by Ty’rell Pounds.

Pounds reportedly displayed a handgun and forced the student into his vehicle before fleeing the area.

Police were able to locate his vehicle nearby, but he then is accused of stealing a separate vehicle, described as a dark-colored 2019 Dodge Caravan with license plate number FMZ-9621, at gunpoint.

Investigators say Pounds is known by the abduction victim.

Anyone with details on Pounds’ whereabouts should call the Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 419-756-2222.

Pounds should be considered armed and dangerous.

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