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Wanted fugitive arrested after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and abducting her at gunpoint

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Posted at 2:02 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 14:02:28-04

AKRON, Ohio — A fugitive wanted for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and taking her at gunpoint from a friend’s house earlier in March was arrested Saturday, according to an update from the Akron Police Department.

Paul Messenger, 23, was arrested and taken into custody around noon on Saturday after he attempted to flee officers on foot and jumped into Springfield Lake, police said.

Messenger was wanted on an aggravated burglary charge, abduction and felonious charges stemming from a March 16 incident when 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 Messenger, police said.

The resident's 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. Messenger fled in an unknown direction and was wanted by police up until he was arrested.

Messenger was booked into the Summit County Jail.