Woman boldly speaks out after surviving 'terrifying' abduction
| Last updated
Featured Image Credit: Fox 8 News
A 23-year-old from Cleveland has publicly spoken out after surviving a 'petrifying' abduction.
Police body camera footage shows Jones with bruises all over her swollen face and her clothes torn as she's rescued by authorities, believed to have been held hostage in the garage for four days.
Jones has since publicly spoken out about her 'terrifying' experience.
The following story contains discussions of abduction and images of injuries some may find upsetting.
A field case report filed by the Akron Police Department states 33-year-old William Mozingo was 'with the victim inside the garage' and 'caused serious physical harm' to Jones.
The scene was attended to by medics as well as police and Jones was immediately rushed to hospital for 'further treatment' - where she spent 'three days in ICU with facial fractures, brain bleed, broken arm and fingers,' according to her mom.
Jones has since addressed her abduction, telling Fox 8 News the experience was 'petrifying'.
She said: "You can see my face, it's - I wouldn't wish this on anybody.
"I want to tell the young girls, from across America, it's not safe to get in cars with people you don't know or meet up with friends through friends.
"It was terrifying. Being in fear for your life, countless times. Times I can't even count of how many times he's threatened my life."
Jones says she found the strength to hold on by thinking about her four-year-old son 'every day'.
"I just saw his little face in my head," the mom says.
Mozingo was arrested by police and charged with parole violation, escape, felonious assault, unlawful restraint, abduction and kidnapping - a charge he's been convicted of three times in the last decade.
Jones' mom - Jessi Barham - has since started a GoFundMe page for her daughter to help 'sustain her while she recovers both physically and mentally'.
Addressing Mozingo, Jones resolved: "You don't deserve to get to live life the way that normal people should. And I hope that there's something that will come to light for him."
UNILAD has gone to Akron Police Department for comment.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available through Mental Health America. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. You can also reach Crisis Text Line by texting MHA to 741741.
You can also call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 at the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline.