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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Individual Charged With Kidnapping Woman From Laboratorio Clínico Millennium In Humacao

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On June 16, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging José Reyes-Serrano with kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. 

As stated in the Affidavit submitted in support of the Complaint, On June 9, 2021, after 7:00 a.m., Reyes-Serrano entered the Laboratorio Clínico Millennium in Humacao and demanded money from the staff while indicating that he had a weapon. After he was given approximately $80, Reyes-Serrano asked who owned the Honda Passport parked outside.  When no one responded, he threatened to kill people in the laboratory if the owner did not give him the key. The owner came forward. Reyes-Serrano told her to accompany him to the vehicle and ordered her to sit in the front passenger seat. Reyes-Serrano then took the woman to San Juan. She was later found unharmed near Residencial Luis Llorens Torres.

Using tracking technology, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was able to locate the carjacked vehicle. Agents from the Puerto Rico Police Bureau then intercepted the car, which Reyes-Serrano crashed. He was arrested nearby. 

“Tracking technology on vehicles has the potential to make carjacking cases easier to solve and much less profitable for criminals,” said U. S. Attorney Muldrow. “Thanks to the Puerto Rico Police Bureau and the FBI who worked as one team to solve this case immediately.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeanette Collazo of the Violent Crimes and National Security Section is in charge of the prosecution of the case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the investigation.  If convicted, the defendant faces up to life in prison.  

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Violent Crime
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Updated June 17, 2021