FBI: Suspect in Ohio homicide fatally shot in Pineville; kidnapped Akron-area nurse found safe

Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 11:14 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2020 at 4:29 PM CST
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The following information is a collaborative effort between media partners KALB and WOIO:

PINEVILLE, La. (KALB, WOIO) - A homicide suspect is dead following an apparent shooting incident at the Sleep Inn hotel in Pineville on Tuesday, Dec. 1. He has been identified as James Edward Hawley, with the alias of Ahmad Ben David.

James Edward Hawley (alias: Ahmad Ben David)
James Edward Hawley (alias: Ahmad Ben David)(FBI)

According to the FBI and the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, the 47-year-old suspect allegedly kidnapped Nichole Bronowski, 45, an Akron-area nurse, from her Cuyahoga Falls home and brought her to her mother, Norma Matko’s house in Belmont County. Hawley then allegedly killed Matko on Thanksgiving. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON THAT STORY. Bronowski was found with the suspect in the Sleep Inn Hotel in Pineville, Louisiana. She is now safe and will be returning home soon.

News Channel 5 received an affidavit through the federal court’s record system that explains more details about Matko’s death and Bronowski’s kidnapping. The affidavit reveals that Matko was found dead, sexually assaulted and had an image on her back. Several hours after the murder, Bronowski was reported missing by her ex-husband and children.

The affidavit states that investigators learned that Bronowski’s phone had been sold as well. The investigators were able to track down the person involved in the sale of the device who said that when they met Hawley, he was with a woman that resembled Bronowski.

Hawley also left a trail of social media posts that started with him posing with two firearms in what investigators believe is in Bronowski’s apartment. The photo was posted on Hawley’s Facebook page just hours before Matko was killed. Hawley’s active social media use led the FBI to track him nearly one thousand miles south of Belmont County to the Sleep Inn and Suites in Pineville.

WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO: WOIO provides details on the investigation and Ohio authorities give a press conference on the suspect.

FBI: Homicide suspect killed in Louisiana has ties to Ohio murder and woman who went missing in Cuyahoga Falls

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The FBI says the shooting in Pineville occurred while authorities were executing an arrest warrant for Hawley. The FBI also confirms that one of its agents was injured in the incident and is being treated. We are told that it does appear there was a relationship between Hawley and Bronowski.

Police at the Sleep Inn hotel in Pineville, La.
Police at the Sleep Inn hotel in Pineville, La.(KALB)

This is the full statement released to us:

“The FBI is responding to an Agent-involved shooting, which occurred in Pineville, Louisiana. The shooting occurred during the execution of an arrest warrant for federal charges. The subject, who was wanted for a homicide in Cleveland, Ohio, is deceased. An FBI Agent was also wounded and is currently being treated in an area hospital. The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents seriously. In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident will be investigated by the FBI’s Inspection Division. The review process is thorough and objective and is conducted as expeditiously as possible. No additional details will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.”

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