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Woman allegedly kidnapped by son found safe in Akron

A statewide missing adult alert was canceled after authorities say 70-year-old Brenda Clegg was found safe.
Credit: Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit
Brenda Clegg.

AKRON, Ohio — A statewide missing adult alert has been canceled after authorities say the 70-year-old woman who was listed as endangered was found safe early Wednesday morning by the Akron Police Department.

The alert was issued overnight after authorities say Brenda Clegg was kidnapped by her son from her residence on West Market Street in Akron around 10:33 p.m. Tuesday. Police were asking for the public to be on the lookout for a red Kia Spectrum that authorities say was connected to the alleged kidnapping.

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The media was notified of the missing adult alert around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The alert was dropped two hours later after Clegg was found safe.

Authorities say they were alerted to the situation by Clegg's husband who said they were attempting to drop off their 34-year-old son, David, at the Courtesy Inn in the 200 block of West Market Street. David, however, allegedly refused to exit the vehicle and was "reportedly acting erratically" once they arrived at the motel.

That's why police say the suspect allegedly jumped into the driver's seat and drove off with his mother still inside the vehicle. A few hours later, officers spotted the vehicle in the area of US 224 and Main Street and attempted a traffic stop, which police say sparked a pursuit. The "lengthy" chase came to an end in Medina County's York Township.

Authorities say Clegg was taken into custody around 2:55 a.m. and faces multiple charges connected to the incident.


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