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Man charged with abducting wife, children from Stark County Sheriff's Office parking lot

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 17:32:43-05

CANTON, Ohio — The Stark County Sheriff has charged a man who is accused of abducting his wife.

Deputies said they got a call before 10:15 a.m. from a woman who said she was pulling into the Sheriff's Office parking lot, but then the line went dead.

When deputies went to the parking lot to investigate, they found an abandoned truck stopped sideways with the driver's door open.

An Alliance police officer told deputies he saw the driver of the truck force a 2004 Mercury Grand Marque to stop and then forced his way into the vehicle, abducting the woman in the car.

The Alliance officer tried to block the driveway with his vehicle, but the suspect drove through the grass at a high rate of speed, according to a press release.

Deputies said 26-year-old Michael Williams was the driver of the truck and had been involved in a domestic incident with his wife, who was trying to seek refugee at the Stark County Sheriff's Office.

Williams pursed his wife and two small children into the parking lot where he then forced his way into the vehicle, abducting her and the children.

Investigators found Williams at a home in Akron and arrested him without incident.

Williams' wife and children were found safe and are back in Stark County.

He is charged with abduction, domestic violence, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, endangering children and unlawful restraint.