Man seen on video allegedly abducting woman says it was a misunderstanding

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) -- The man accused of being caught on surveillance video kidnapping a woman from a store on Cleveland's east side says the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding.

But a judge issued Roscoe Hilliard, who faces abduction charges, $50,000 bond in court Monday.

On Jan. 17, the Cleveland Division of Police released surveillance video from a convenience store on Woodland Avenue on Jan. 12.

The video shows a man dragging a woman and forcing her into an SUV. According to police, the victim was crying and asked the clerk to use the phone.

Not long after the video was aired on the news, the woman called police to say she was fine. But a warrant was still issued for Hilliard's arrest.

Hilliard and the woman reportedly have children together. He claimed to prosecutors that during the incident, she was drunk and he was trying to get her home. Despite past convictions for assault and domestic violence, Hilliard claims he wasn't trying to do her any harm.

She was supposed to appear in court Monday to explain what happened, but didn't show.

The judge ordered Hilliard to stay away from the woman.

Continuing coverage here.

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