Youngstown man accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend from her Austintown home
EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story states that Moomau was charged with Kidnapping. Court records show that as of July 24, 2023, this charge was amended to Unlawful Restraint. The story has been updated to include this new information.
A Youngstown man is behind bars after allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in her Austintown home late Tuesday night.
According to a police report from Austintown PD, officers were dispatched to a home on Whitney Avenue in Youngstown in reference to a woman yelling for help.
Upon arrival police observed a vehicle with the passenger side door wide open and a jacket on the ground next to the passenger side of the vehicle.
Police spoke with the female victim who told officers that while she was working at her job, her ex-boyfriend, identified as 31-year-old Thomas Moomau showed up unexpectedly.
The victim told police the two had broken up two years ago.
Police say once the victim got home from work, she saw Moomau's vehicle in her driveway. The victim told officers that Moomau requested the two have a conversation in the vehicle, to which she complied.
Once she got in the vehicle, police say Moomau told her she was coming home with him, to which she replied that she did not want to go with him. Police say Moomau then sped away from the victim's house with her in the vehicle.
According to the report, when the two got to Moomau's home, the victim attempted to flee, but Moomau allegedly grabbed her jacket. Police say the victim bit Moomau on his hand and was able to remove the jacket before fleeing.
The victim called her father to pick her up after multiple local businesses would not let her take shelter inside according to police. Police say upon the father's arrival he observed Moomau grab the victim, only releasing her when confronted.
When police spoke to Moomau, he claimed that he was giving the victim a ride because she wanted to come to his house, but she became upset and attempted to jump out of the vehicle when they got to the house.
Moomau declined to tell police anything else. He was taken to the Mahoning County Jail where he was charged with Kidnapping. Court records show that as of July 24, 2023, this charge has been amended to Unlawful Restraint.
He was arraigned on this charge in the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday morning. His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3.