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City man gets prison for kidnapping

WARREN — A 42-year-old city resident was sentenced Wednesday to six to nine years in prison on each of four counts of kidnapping and 180 days in Trumbull County jail for resisting arrest, inducing panic and domestic violence.

Joseph Winkfield III of Arnold Drive pleaded guilty to the charges in April.

County Assistant Prosecutor Gabe Wildman argued that while the four children were returned safely to their mother without being physically harmed, they likely experienced some psychological damage from the experience. Wildman noted Winkfield III was seen as a father figure to the children prior to the kidnapping.

“There were some psychological issues,” he said.

On Oct. 24, 2021, Warren police were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of Arnold Drive on reports that a man was holding four children.

Officers had the fire department cut off the natural gas service because they were worried that Winkfield would turn on the gas stove. An open can of gasoline was near the stove, police reports stated.

Winkfield told police, “I got four kids in here. You come up in here, it’s going to be a bloody mess. Good luck, (expletive),” according to the reports.

He later begged law enforcement personnel, “Kill me, kill me, they don’t need to see this, but they need to see this,” referring to the children.

Winkfield eventually allowed the four children out of the home, then five minutes later, he stepped out the house’s door himself. He refused police commands to get on the ground, so was subdued by a Taser and handcuffed, police reported.

A large knife was recovered from inside a television set in the living room, reports stated.

The children, all girls — ages 6, 8, 9 and 11 — were tended to by emergency medical technicians at the scene but were not hospitalized.

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