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Jailer Robert Reed | Hayward Police Department, California Hayward Police Department, California

Jailer

Robert Reed

Hayward Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, June 29, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Sentenced to 5 years

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Jailer Robert Reed was assaulted and strangled to death by an inmate who attempted to escape from the Hayward City Jail, at 22738 Mission Boulevard, at approximately 7:30 am.

The prisoner had been let out of his cell to call a bondsman. After he hung up the phone he attacked Jailer Reed, knocking him to the floor. The man then strangled him and stuffed toilet tissue into his throat. A janitor discovered Jailer Reed's body and alerted other officers.

During the confusion as officers tended to Jailer Reed the inmate escaped through a side door. He was captured minutes later. He was convicted of second degree murder and subsequently sentenced to five years in prison.

Jailer Reed was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Hayward Police Department for four years.

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Officer Reed,
Sir, it has taken over 41 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community-but for our Country as well when you served in the USN. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
October 18, 2015

 

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