Kidnapped by Cleveland, the murder suspect was killed in a Louisiana hotel shooting; the abducted woman was found safe


A Cleveland man accused of kidnapping an Ohio nurse and murdering his mother was killed in a shooting at a Louisiana hotel, authorities said.

James Edward Hawley, a 47-year-old criminal, was shot dead by FBI agents late Tuesday night at a hotel in Pineville, Louisiana, where 45-year-old Thoue Nichole Bronowski was rescued after investigators tracked the couple there, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

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Police said Hawley, aka Ahmad Ben David, abducted Bronowski from his home at Cuyahoga Falls last week and shot his mother, 69-year-old Norma Matk, dead early in his barnesville home early in Thanksgiving, the newspaper reported.

Authorities suspected Hawley killed Matko and then drove his mother in his car to Cleveland before leaving the vehicle. Hawley then took Bronowski to Louisiana in a second car, investigators said.

Bronowski was found safe after Hawley was killed in an FBI shooting at a Louisiana hotel.
(Cuyahoga Falls Police Department / Belmont County Sheriff’s Office)

Police report that Bronowski, who works as a nurse at Akron Public Schools and as a clinical coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital, disappeared at Thanksgiving.

Authorities said there had been a relationship between Hawley and Bronowski before, but it was not detailed, the Akron Beacon Journal wrote.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better result than being alive,” Jack Davis, chief of police at Cuyahoga Falls, told reporters. “He’s been through a lot … He’ll need time to recover from this ordeal.”

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Jeff Fortunato, an assistant FBI agent, said Hawley had “posted a number of photos” on social media with firearms and made a statement to both others and the Internet that he “wants to kill some cops,” Cleveland.com reported.

Hawley was sought on a federal order that included the threat of interstate communications and the crime of being in possession of a gun while in a hotel in Louisiana, Fortunato said.

An FBI agent was also injured and treated during the Hawaii shooting, Fortunato said Wednesday.

“His ideology was violence,” Fortunato said when asked about Hawley’s apparent motive. “You shouldn’t be handcuffed, but that’s the most important thing we see right now.”

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Bronowski, meanwhile, is reuniting with his family, police said.

This article first appeared in the New York Post.