Former KDADS Employees Arrested in Connection to Escaped Sexual Predator Case

Judd WeilOctober 13, 2021

UPDATE:

Syndi Hartman, 29, was arrested after Perez and Hauser on suspicion of being an accomplice in helping John Freeman Colt escape from Larned State Hospital.

 

Pawnee County Sheriff’s had originally only arrested the first two now-former KDADS employees.

 

Hartman’s first court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 18. She is being held on a $75,000 bond.


The Pawnee County Sheriff’s and Attorney offices announced on Oct. 12, the arrests of Rachel Rena Perez, 50, Larned, Kan. and Liliana Guadalupe Houser, 45, now of Garden City as accessories in the escape of John Freeman Colt from Larned State Hospital’s (LSH) Sexual Predator Treatment Program.

 

Both women were Kansas Department of Aging and Disabilities (KDADS) employees when they acted as accomplices in Colt’s escape on June 30.

 

Colt was captured in Wayne County, Utah on Sept. 27 following a lengthy manhunt, that eventually included a warrant and reward by the U.S. Marshal’s Service for information on Colt’s whereabouts.

 

Colt had a five-plus hour head start before law enforcement was informed, he had escaped from LSH. Colt escaped by disguising himself as medical personnel.

 

Both women appeared in custody Tuesday afternoon in the Pawnee County District Court before Magistrate Judge Julie Cowell for Felony First Appearances.

 

Their charges stem from the still ongoing investigation. The Pawnee County Sheriff Department was assisted in their investigation by the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Larned State Hospital Special Investigator.

 

“My office will continue to take the necessary steps to gather all information into the criminal investigation of who aided John Colt on June 30th, 2021,” said Pawnee County Sheriff Scott King.

 

Perez is charged with a 15 count Felony Criminal Complaint.  Houser is charged with a 13 count Felony Criminal Complaint.

 

Perez is charged with:

 

Obstructing in the Apprehension or Prosecution of a Registered Sex Offender.

 

Unlawful Sexual Relations with a patient while employed by KDADS.

 

Nine counts of Traffic in Contraband in a Care & Treatment Facility while employed by KDADS.

 

Conspiracy to Traffic Contraband in a Care & Treatment Facility while employed by KDADS.

 

Interference with Law Enforcement, to wit: destruction of evidence.

 

Interference with Law Enforcement, to wit: providing false information.

Conspiracy to commit Aggravated Escape from the Sexual Predator Treatment Program.

 

 

Houser is charged with the following:

 

Two counts of Unlawful Sexual Relations with a patient while employed by KDADS.

 

Ten counts of Traffic in Contraband in a Care & Treatment Facility while employed by KDADS.

 

Obstructing in the Apprehension or Prosecution of a Registered Sex Offender.

 

 

Following issuances of arrest warrants by the Pawnee County Attorney’s Office, Houser was arrested at her home in Garden City on Oct. 8.  Perez was arrested at her home in Larned on Oct. 12.

 

Both arrests were made without incident by the Pawnee County Sheriff Detective assigned to the investigation with the assistance of the Larned State Hospital Special Investigator.

 

At the First Appearance Judge Cowell advised the defendants of their charges, the possible penalties if convicted, and their constitutional rights, including their right to counsel.

 

“If convicted, under the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines each defendant faces between 31 months and 136 months in the custody of the Department of Corrections depending on their criminal history,” informed Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett.

 

Preliminary Hearings have been scheduled for Oct. 26.

 

Perez is being held in the custody of the Pawnee County Sheriff in lieu of $75,000 cash or surety bond.

 

Houser is being held in the custody of the Pawnee County Sheriff without bond.  The State requested a No Bond Warrant for Houser due to a concern she poses a flight risk because of her dual Mexican citizenship.

 

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

Click the links below to read the events leading up to this article.

‘Violent’ sexual predator escaped from Larned State Hospital, Loose in Southwest Kansas

Search for Escaped ‘Dangerous Sexual Predator’ from Larned State Hospital Continues

U.S. Marshals Looking for Escaped Dangerous Sex Offender from Kansas Mental Hospital in June; $10,000 Reward

Larned State Hospital Escapee Apprehended; Dangerous Sexual Predator Captured in Utah

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