Student abducted, killed had complained to police about man

Posted at 10:15 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 16:10:13-05

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A woman abducted from an Ohio college campus and later fatally shot in Kentucky had complained to police about her ex-boyfriend abusing her, police records show.

The Mansfield News Journal reports that the records include allegations of sexual assault, stalking, harassment and domestic violence between Skylar Williams and Ty'Rell Pounds.

Williams was a student at Ohio State University's Mansfield campus where authorities said she was forced into a car at gunpoint last week.

Kentucky State Police said Pounds later shot and killed the 20-year-old Williams and a trooper fatally shot Pounds after a chase in Oldham County, Kentucky.

Ohio Highway Patrol said Pounds and Williams' child was safe with family at the time of the abduction.

Records from the Richland County Sheriff's Office in Ohio show Williams told authorities the pair had dated three years until October. She said she broke up with him because he couldn't provide food for her and their baby.

Williams said Pounds followed her in different vehicles from his workplace and sent law enforcement to her home for well-being checks.

The sheriff's report said Williams was told how to file for a civil protection order, but she didn't file one.

Authorities had interviewed Pounds about sexual abuse allegations made against him in January.

Pounds denied the allegations and said he retained an attorney.

Detective Pat Smith said in the report that Williams did not have an exam after any of the alleged sexual assaults or schedule an appointment with her gynecologist.

The case was considered closed/inactive in February due to lack of evidence.