East Texas man accused of holding hostage at gunpoint, sexually assaulting woman arrested

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UPDATE (12:17 P.M.) – On Saturday morning, Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace shared a Facebook post giving details how they caught Colley.

Sheriff Wallace said that TDC pack hounds and scent specific blood hounds stayed on Scott Hunter Colley’s trail with TDC personnel.

The chase began to come to an end around 9 p.m. Friday night when Trinity Police Officer Padilla responded to a call that Colley was spotted on FM 356 by Burning Hope Church and Texas 94.

Colley tried to hide himself in brush, but was quickly found by officers and was taken safely into custody after a brief struggle, according to Wallace.

“This was a huge team effort by many agencies and we want everyone recognized and thank them for a job well done. Thanks to Constable Mark Cole, Constable Brian McMullen, Texas Rangers, DPS Aviation team, Game Warden Randy Watts, Game Warden Sam Shanafelt, Game Warden Dustin Shoemaker, OIG Agents, Trinity Police Department Officers (Padilla, Napier, Martell), TDCJ-ID K-9 Units from Wynne Farm, Estelle and Eastham Units, TDCJ Kennel Operator Lawrence Adamick, TCSO Deputies, Trinity County Crime Stoppers, and last but not least to Laura Ellison who quickly called TPD when she spotted Colley on FM356,” Wallace wrote in a Facebook post.

UPDATE (9:16 P.M.)- On Friday, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

Deputies chased Scott Colley out of the woods. He was seen near the Burning Hope Church and Texas highway 94.

According to Sheriff Woody Wallace, the man had a handcuff key around his neck and possibly some methamphetamine with him.

Wallace thanked the Trinity Police Department, local game wardens, and everyone who helped search for the man.

Credit: Trinity County Sheriff’s Office

TRINITY COUNTY, Texas (KETK)- Trinity County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a registered sex offender, accused of holding a hostage at gunpoint and sexually assaulting a woman.

According to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace, deputies were called to a residence in the county around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Scott Colley lived at the home, and he is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman.

Deputies said he was last seen running from them on 2075 Winding Creek Drive.

Colley fled the scene and ran into the woods with a shotgun.

Authorities began an extensive manhunt for Colley in the Lake L subdivision. DPS helicopters assisted during the search for the man as well as the Trinity Police Department and local game wardens. Dogs were also used to track after Colley, but the trail grew cold. The dogs were also forced to rest due to the extreme hot weather.

The manhunt lasted many hours, and Colley has still not been detained.

On Friday, officials took a different approach during their search and started looking for the man by speaking to his friends, family and acquaintances.

“We are actually warning them that any of them helping him in any way will result in their arrest and felony charges being filed,” said Sheriff Wallace.

He also said Colley was serving a life sentence for a similar crime, and he was released early from prison on parole.

“Violent sexual crimes should not be eligible for parole,” added Wallace.

According to the sheriff more sex offenders have moved into Trinity County. The number has increased from 70 to more than 100.

“We’re not going to stop until we track him down and put him back in prison where he belongs,” said Wallace about Colley.

The sheriff also thanked agencies that helped during the investigation and the community for their encouragement.

If you have any information about Scott Colley and to receive the reward, you need to call Trinity County Crime Stoppers at 936-639-8477 or online here. You do not have to share your name.

Due to the manhunt, some cattle in the county became nervous and escaped their enclosures. If you see any stray cattle you may call the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 642-1424, so the animals may be returned to their owners.


TRINITY COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – A manhunt is underway in Deep East Texas Thursday morning.

Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace is asking the public to be on the lookout for 55-year-old Scott Colley. Wallace said that deputies are currently searching for Colley in the Lake L subdivision.

He was last seen running from deputies at 3:30 a.m. on 2075 Winding Creek Drive. He was wearing blue jeans, a burnt orange t-shirt, and brown boots.

Colley should be considered “armed and dangerous.” If you see him, call 911 immediately.

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