Investigators confirmed that James Edward Hawley, a Cleveland man, also known by his Muslim name, Ahmad Ben David, was the same suspect who kidnapped 45-year-old Nichole Bronowski, an Akron-area nurse.
Cleveland19 (h/t Larry A) Officials held a press conference on Wednesday morning to discuss details in the case and decipher the connection between Bronowski and the Belmont County murder.
According to the FBI and the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office, the 47-year-old suspect allegedly kidnapped Bronowski from her Cuyahoga Falls home and brought her to her mother’s house in Barnesville.
Hawley then allegedly killed Bronowski’s mother on Thanksgiving.
Federal investigators were able to track down Hawley to Louisiana. While serving an arrest warrant, a shootout between the FBI and Hawley took place. According to the FBI, Hawley was killed during the gunfire exchange. One FBI agent was also shot.
FBI: murder-kidnapping suspect used Arabic alias to post ‘ideologies of violence’on social media prior to committing crimes.
Cleveland19 According to the FBI, the suspect used an Arabic alias to post “ideologies of violence” on social media.
19 News investigators discovered the posts. It could take hours to read through all the bizarre and radical social media posts police say were written by the suspect in this week’s high profile murder-kidnapping.
Wednesday morning, the FBI identified the suspect as “James Edward Hawley AKA Ahmed Ben David, age 47, a resident of Cleveland, Ohio.” We found him pictured standing on the Cleveland sign at Edgewater Park.
Hawley’s LinkedIn says he’s based here in the city as the president of “Yawehs Justus.” And, his bio just says, “death to America.”
On Twitter, you’ll also find the ideologies of violence the FBI says agents discovered before last night’s shootout with him.