Katy ISD officials have confirmed the identity of the female Katy ISD police officer who was kidnapped at gunpoint early this morning, as well as the identity of her abductor, a former boyfriend who is also a Katy ISD police officer.
The officer who was abducted has been identified as Rachel Hillsman. She has been with the Katy ISD Police Department since January of 2006.
Her alleged kidnapper was identified as veteran Katy ISD police officer Julio Reyes. He has been with the department since May of 1999.
Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith said Hillsman was taken around 6 a.m. as she was leaving her mother’s home. She was abducted at gunpoint by Reyes from the gate of the rural Waller County residence.
Hillsman was wearing her uniform at the time of the kidnapping.
The two reportedly had a previous relationship and have a child together. They have not lived together for “a number of months,” Smith said.
Several children witnessed the abduction and told deputies Hillsman struggled to escape but was physically restrained by Reyes. Hillsman may have been handcuffed, the witnesses reported.
A charge of aggravated kidnapping is being filed against Reyes.
Reyes is reported to be heavily armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, a pistol and a Taser. A Katy ISD spokesman could not confirm whether the weapons belong to the school district police department.
The pair was last seen at the abduction site on FM 1458 in Waller County. Reyes forced Hillsman into his pickup truck, described as a 2002 green Ford Super Duty pickup truck bearing Texas license 87V-DP7.
The pair was last seen heading toward the Sealy area in Austin County.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the region have been alerted and are searching for the abducted woman. At least three helicopters are being used in the search.
Anyone spotting the suspect’s vehicle is asked to call the Waller County Sheriff’s Office or the nearest law enforcement agency.