MANSFIELD -- A female college student was abducted at gunpoint Monday and authorities are seeking her and the alleged abductor, according to a public safety notice for the Mansfield campus posted on The Ohio State University website.
The school posted that student Skylar Williams, 20, was standing in an OSU-Mansfield campus parking lot at approximately 11:45 a.m. Monday when she was approached by a male suspect known to her, Ty'rell D. Pounds, 23.
In an update at 2:05 p.m., the school posted on its website that authorities believe Pounds stole a vehicle at gunpoint. The public is advised to be on the lookout for a 2019 Dodge Caravan, dark in color, with the license plate FMZ-9621.
According to a Mansfield police report, Pounds is accused of rape in a September 2018 incident. The report was filed Jan. 18, 2019. No charges have been filed in that case, according to the Richland County Prosecutor‘s Office.
Ontario police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed their departments are investigating Monday's incident, but declined to comment.
"Reports indicate the suspect displayed a handgun and forced the female student into his vehicle. He then fled the area with the victim," the school's website states.
According to the website, a vehicle has been located by law enforcement, but the whereabouts of the victim and suspect are unknown as of 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.
Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to call the Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 419-756-2222.
The school website states the public is advised the suspect in the case is considered armed and dangerous. The website also asked students and those on campus to be cautious.