Niles suspect turns himself in to police

WARREN – A North Jackson man wanted on a charge of felony kidnapping is currently booked at Trumbull County Jail.

Hale Holden Burkholder III, 34, of North Jackson was charged in Niles Municipal Court on Thursday with felony kidnapping. The violation date is listed in court records as Wednesday.

According to a dispatcher with the Niles Police Department, Burkholder turned himself in to North Jackson police earlier Friday afternoon. When contacted, a booking department official with the jail said Burkholder was booked at 7:04 p.m. by Niles police.

A passer-by told the newspaper Wednesday that she stopped her car for a woman who flagged her down. The woman stated that she had been assaulted by an acquaintance she believed to be from North Jackson.

The passer-by took the woman to the Niles police station, where a complaint was made around 8:15 p.m., police officers on duty at the time confirmed.

The woman reported she had been in a truck with a male acquaintance after asking him for a ride, and that he had pulled the vehicle to the side of the road on McKees Lane near the bike trail and made “unwanted advances in the truck.” The woman told police she was able to break free and flag down a passing motorist.

The motorist said she was on her way home from work when she spotted the woman, bloodied and beaten, being chased by a man. The witness stated that when she stopped, the man stopped in the middle of the road and glared at her. The motorist said the woman jumped into her car and the pair immediately went to the Niles Police Department.

On the way to the police department, the woman described the assault. She said she turned down several sexual advances, and at one point, the man claimed he had run out of gas, pulled into the bike trail along McKees Lane, pushed the woman into a wooded area and attempted to take off her clothes. After a struggle, the woman broke free, she said.