CHAMPION TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Appearing in court by video, David Honzu was arraigned on charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and tampering with evidence.
Champion Police Chief Jeff White says Honzu tried to force a woman into a vehicle at knife point.
White says Honzu entered the woman’s vehicle and tried to force her into a vehicle at knifepoint. White says Honzu grabbed ahold of her by her hoodie, but she was able to break free by pushing on her passenger door. She then ran to a nearby business screaming for help, according to police.
She was vacuuming her car at a car wash Friday night.
Champion Police Chief Jeff White says the victim was able to break free from his grasp and ran to a nearby business screaming for help.
He says Ptlm. Rudesill and Sgt. Goldner were able to quickly identify Honzu as a possible suspect.
“Champion police department did a great job in their initial investigation,” said White.
Deputies Carr and Hughes with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office pulled Honzu over on Elm Road. Sheriff Paul Monroe says Honzu was confrontational with deputies and tried to break a crack pipe in his mouth.
In addition to pieces of the pipe and some of the drug itself, Monroe says other interesting items were found in Honzu’s SUV.
“There was a tarp covering everything in the back seat a welding mask, tape, a knife, things that you would identify as someone who maybe was going to take someone maybe commit some other type of offense,” said Sheriff Monroe.
Monroe says investigators believe Honzu could be tied to similar crimes.
Just six years ago a jury convicted Honzu of felony attempted abduction. He was sentenced to 18 months.
He also previously pleaded guilty in a 1995 rape case
David Honzu is being held on $500,000 bond on charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and tampering with evidence. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf in Warren Municipal Court Monday.
“It’s unfortunate that there are people like David Honzu walking the streets in our society today after he’s already been convicted of a crime similar to this,” continued Sheriff Monroe.