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Officer kidnapped at gunpoint -- by another cop.

11:52 am - 08/19/2009
WALLER COUNTY, Texas—A statewide manhunt was launched Tuesday after deputies say a Katy ISD police officer was abducted by a fellow cop.

Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith said Officer Rachel Hillsman was taken from her vehicle at gunpoint by her former boyfriend Julio Reyes, who also works for Katy ISD police.

It happened around 5 a.m. on FM 1458 in Waller County. Hillsman, 24, was opening the gate to her mother's house when she was grabbed in front of her two children. She may have been handcuffed.

Officials believe 38-year-old Reyes was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, a pistol and a Taser at the time of the abduction.

“Mr. Reyes is a trained individual. He would be trained in hiding if he wanted to, so we’re going to have to use every resource that we can to find him,” Smith said.

Smith said a statewide search was under way for both officers, and an aggravated kidnapping warrant had been issued for Reyes in Waller County.

“Our number one concern at this time, obviously, is the safety of both of these officers,” Smith said.

Relatives of Hillsman said they were shocked that the man they know as Trey could do something like this.

"I'm scared, I'm just very scared and if Trey can see just please bring Rachel home, please," said Ava Henry, Hillsman's aunt.

Smith said Hillsman and Reyes have a 13-month-old daughter together and she has a 7-year-old from a previous relationship.

“We do know that they have not been living together for quite some time, but we do not know all of the personal information about it,” Smith said.

The couple had separated in November, but sources say they had fought the night before because she was seeing was someone new. Hillsman had reportedly spent the night at her mother’s because of the fight.

After interviewing Hillsman's 7-year-old at the scene, deputies learned there was a small struggle between Hillsman and Reyes on the side of the road before the abduction, Smith said.

Smith said both of Hillsman's children were unharmed and were put safely in their grandmother’s custody.

Smith said his department was working with the DPS, DEA, Harris County, the Texas Rangers, the Brookshire PD and other agencies in their search for the officers, and that they were utilizing all available resources.

Investigators were combing local roadways and hotels, as well as searching from the air, Smith said.

“Anytime you have a live abduction that was seen firsthand that officers were able to respond to immediately, then we’re going to put in every resource we can. Obviously with both of them being police officers, I’m not going to stand before you and tell you that’s not a concern,” Smith said.

Smith said the last verified communication with the officers was around 8 a.m. in the Katy Freeway area.

Both Hillsman and Reyes were described as experienced cops.

Katy ISD spokesman Steve Stanford said Reyes had been with the district’s police department since May of 1999, and Hillsman had been there since January of 2006.

Stanford said neither one of them was on duty at the time of the alleged abduction, but that Hillsman was on her way to work when it occurred.

Reyes was last seen driving a 2002 green Ford Super Duty pickup with license plate 87V-DP7.

If you see the truck or have any information on the case, call the police.


“This is a serious situation, no matter who it is, when this type of thing happens, and we’re going to be out there looking for them,” Smith said.

Source, and contact info for the police.
boyracer1211 19th-Aug-2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Something tells me this won't end well. :/
akuma_river 19th-Aug-2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know.

This is one of those you can't go back situations.
boyracer1211 19th-Aug-2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the guy's a cop, right? He knows what kind of charges are waiting for him back home if he lets her live. Yikes. I obviously hopes this ends well for her sake and those of her kids, but I just can't see how unless they're caught or she manages to get away (which is possible because she has the same training he does).
akuma_river 20th-Aug-2009 03:18 am (UTC)
I heard on the 6 o'clock news that cops had surrounded a house that they are in?

Not sure, I was half-asleep.
boyracer1211 20th-Aug-2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Really? Let's hope they get her out safely then.
fauxparadiso 19th-Aug-2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I thought Amber Alert was just for children?
lidane 19th-Aug-2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I don't know how it works anywhere else, but I know I see the warnings all the time if there's a missing elderly person as well as a missing kid. This particular warning stood out because it mentioned an officer being hurt. I'd never seen that before.
akuma_river 19th-Aug-2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
I watched the news last night and I don't recall them mentioning this. Huh.

Victoria is within three hours of Houston.
bludstone 19th-Aug-2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
but i thought we could trust the poh-leese. infighting in the popo? pardon me if i dont weep heavily. cops kidnap people all the time. this only made the news because it was another cop.
lidane 19th-Aug-2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
OMG. I just saw that info yesterday on one of those Amber alert signs on the freeway. All it said was "Officer injured" then gave the make and license of the truck.

I hope that they find her and that she's okay. :(
just_smiling 19th-Aug-2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
WTF.
sunshinedan 19th-Aug-2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
So ya....
When Police break the law they tend to either do it very well (abuse the rules) or have fucking lost it.
The children with the grandmother makes me think very well.
90% of never seen that woman's dead, cold, raped, well-hidden body.
10% of finding them both in Guam enjoying cold beers with their fancy Swiss bank account.
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