Jailer Robert Reed

Jailer Robert Reed

Hayward Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 29, 1974

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Robert Reed

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.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years


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I was there that night. I was in field training with my FTO, I think it was Paul Gaines (not sure).
We had been to the jail many times when jailer Reed was working. A great guy!
I will never forget him, or that
Go Rest In Peace Brother.

Officer Fred Gray
Ex Hayward PD

January 20, 2022

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