CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - According to the FBI, the suspect used an Arabic alias to post “ideologies of violence” on social media.
19 News investigators discovered the posts. It could take hours to read through all the bizarre and radical social media posts police say were written by the suspect in this week’s high profile murder-kidnapping.
Wednesday morning, the FBI identified the suspect as “James Edward Hawley AKA Ahmed Ben David, age 47, a resident of Cleveland, Ohio.”
We found him pictured standing on the Cleveland sign at Edgewater Park.
Hawley’s LinkedIn says he’s based here in the city as the president of “Yawehs Justus.” And, his bio just says, “death to America.”
On Twitter, you’ll also find the ideologies of violence the FBI says agents discovered before last night’s shootout with him.
The FBI said Wednesday, “Law enforcement learned that the suspect had posted numerous photos of himself with firearms on social media and a statement that he wanted to quote ‘kill some cops.’”
According to a federal indictment, Hawley met his recent kidnapping victim, Nicole Bronowski, in February.
Police believe the two had just recently ended a romantic relationship.
“There was a relationship between them at one time,” police said.
19 News investigators also discovered Wednesday that Bronowski’s mother is the second person police say Hawley killed in his lifetime.
Just days before his 18th birthday in 1991, Hawley was one of three arrested and charged in a Cuyahoga County murder case.
Hawley ended up pleading guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.
He spent more than 11 years in prison and was released in 2003.
Police confirm that Hawley was killed in a shootout with the FBI Tuesday night, as agents were trying to apprehend him in Louisiana.