Editor’s note: This story corrects the charges in the conviction. We regret the error.
WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The bench trial of a man accused of kidnapping, robbery and tampering with evidence ended Monday with a verdict from the judge.
David Honzu was found guilty of tampering with evidence and two counts of attempted kidnapping, which were amended from kidnapping charges. He will be sentenced on Dec. 5.
Investigators say Honzu tried to force a woman into a vehicle at knifepoint in Champion in June. They said they were able to quickly identify him as a suspect and found a welding mask, tape and a knife under a tarp in the back seat of his vehicle when he was pulled over.
The prosecutor in the case called Honzu a “serial rapist.”
“I think that is clear from the evidence in this case and his criminal history … that he does not belong walking the streets, certainly not of Trumbull County or anywhere else,” said Gabriel Wildman, assistant Trumbull County prosecutor.
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Six years ago, a jury convicted Honzu of felony attempted abduction. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
He also previously pleaded guilty in a 1995 rape case.