Police officer charged with kidnapping and child abuse

Colorado Springs, Colorado: On Friday, March 18, 2022, 30-year-old Shane Reed, who had been hired by the Colorado Springs Police Department in 2018, was arrested on charges of kidnapping and child abuse.

 

According to The Gazette, the father of a 15-year-old boy called into the police department on March 9, 2022 to report that his son had been assaulted on or about January 30, 2022.

 

Citing court documents, the boy had reported that he was out riding his bike with a friend when Reed pulled up in a truck. He alleged that Reed grabbed him and drug him to a fence where he was held for approximately 20 minutes. The boy said that Reed told him he would "kill him, and nobody would find his body."

 

The boy said that he believed he would have been killed had his friend not be there to witness the events.

 

That same day, officers made contact with the friend and interviewed him. Investigators reported that the friend told a similar story, adding that his friend had called for help, but that Reed had told him to stay where he was.

 

On Friday, March 18, detectives applied for, and were granted an arrest warrant charging Reed with one count each of second-degree kidnapping, child abuse, menacing and harassment.

 

Reed was arrested the same day and booked into the El Paso County Jail.

Reed has since been released on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to be back in court on March 30, 2022 for his first appearance.

 

Interim Chief Adrian Vasquez issued a statement at the time of the arrest, announcing that Reed was placed on administrative leave and that "The Colorado Springs Police Department values the trust placed into our organization by the community, and we are committed to holding officers accountable who violate that trust."

 

Vasquez went on to say that, "While Officer Reed has the same presumption of innocence and due process rights as every person arrested, it is important that the citizens of Colorado Springs know that their officers will be held accountable when their actions warrant it."

 

The investigation remains on going.