A pair of brothers have been charged following an investigation into the kidnapping of one of their ex-girlfriends. One has been arrested, while the other is still at large.

On Jan. 12, Daniel Joseph Herrera, 33, of Thrall, was arrested by the Williamson County Sheriff's Office after Taylor officers obtained a probable cause warrant for his arrest, initially charging him with continuous assault/family violence, a third-degree felony.

Taylor officers obtained the initial arrest warrant for Herrera after an investigation revealed that on Jan. 2 Herrera physically assaulted the victim at the Taylor Village Inn, 1907 North Main Street. Herrera then drove away from the hotel with his ex-girlfriend in the vehicle.

Later an investigation revealed that Herrera took the victim against her will. He allegedly forced her into the vehicle by dragging her by her hair and putting her in the passenger seat, then drove away. This was caught on security camera footage, which detectives obtained.

Later that night, the victim escaped from a Herrera’s residence in rural Thrall and returned to Taylor.  On Jan. 5, Herrera located the victim at the Citgo gas station, 600 N. Main Street.  Shortly after, Herrera physically assaulted her again, dragging her by her hair and forcing her into a vehicle against her will. Herrera's brother, Manuel Herrera Jr., 45, of Taylor, was driving the vehicle when they left the gas station. The brothers took the victim to Daniel’s residence in rural Thrall.  

Detectives found a location they believe to be the house where the brothers took the victim. Williamson County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived at the residence Jan. 12, and executed the Taylor arrest warrant and arrested Daniel.

The victim, found with Daniel, was taken to the Taylor Police Department, and later to a hospital for treatment for injuries.

On Jan. 13, after consultation with the Williamson County District Attorney's Office, Taylor detectives obtained probable cause for three arrest warrants, charging Daniel Herrera with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony.

Manuel Herrera has also been charged with aggravated kidnapping to the offense, a first-degree felony. Manuel has not been arrested.

Anyone having any additional information, or anyone knowing the whereabouts of Manuel Herrera, Jr. is asked to contact Sgt. Sam Brister at the Taylor Police Department 512-352-5551.

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