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Akron man wanted for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and abducting her at gunpoint from friend's house

Posted: 2:25 PM, Mar 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-18 14:25:05-04
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AKRON, Ohio — An Akron man is wanted for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and taking her at gunpoint from a friend’s house Saturday, then fleeing in an unknown direction, according to the Akron Police Department.

At about 10:30 p.m., police responded to the 900 block of Eva Avenue for a man with a gun.

The resident at the home on Eva Avenue told police that her friend came over to her house because she wanted to hide from her abusive boyfriend, identified as Paul Messenger, 23, of Eva Avenue, in Akron, police said.

Her friend had injuries consistent with being assaulted, according to the report.

The resident said when her friend came over, they heard knocking on her back door, so she turned off all the lights.

Messenger allegedly kicked in the back door and fired a shot into the house as he was yelling for his girlfriend to come out.

His girlfriend came out and left with Messenger, police said.

Detectives signed warrants for aggravated burglary, abduction and felonious assault on Messenger.

Messenger is 5’11” and 165 pounds. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Messenger’s whereabouts is asked to call the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2490 or the Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.