Warrants issued for father of critical missing person

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The Texarkana Texas Police Department is searching for Wilmer Joe Hill, Jr., 21, of Texarkana, Texas after warrants were issued this morning for charges stemming several incidents yesterday, including Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant, Assault-Family Violence, Evading Arrest in a Vehicle, and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance involving a kidnapping in the area of Jameson Street and Robison Road last night at approximately 6:00. As officers arrived and exited their vehicles, a vehicle being driven by Hill at a high rate of speed emerged from the back yard of the residence. As Hill drove through the yard, he swerved the vehicle in an apparent attempt to strike Officer Misty Tyler. Tyler was able to dive out of the path of the vehicle and avoid injury. Officers pursued the vehicle west into Bowie County where they lost sight of it in the area southwest of US Highway 67 and South Kings Highway. Officers then located the unoccupied vehicle on Bottoms Road, where it was overturned in a ditch and on fire. It is believed that he fled into the woods prior to officers arriving. The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety assisted in the unsuccessful search for Hill or any other possible occupants of the vehicle.

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The subsequent investigation revealed that Hill had been involved in altercations with family members earlier in the day. After he had assaulted the mother of his one-year-old daughter, Je’Nori Serenity Hill, he left with the child in the vehicle he was later driving when he fled from officers. That vehicle has since been reported stolen.

A Critical Missing Person Alert was issued early this morning for Je’Nori Hill. She is described as being 26 inches tall and weighing 18 pounds. She was last seen yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:00 leaving the 3900 block of Main Street in a vehicle with Wilmer Hill. Je’Nori Hill was wearing turquoise shorts and a white/turquoise shirt with a unicorn on the front at that time. It is unknown if the child was in the vehicle at the time of the pursuit. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, we are very concerned for the safety of the child.

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