Pleasant Grove man arrested for the kidnapping of Vestavia Hills woman

Joshua Kent Thompson

A missing persons report was filed on Sunday with the Vestavia Hills Police Department on behalf of Rachel Nicole Hilley, 21, of Vestavia Hills.

A subsequent investigation by detectives and the FBI resulted in a Kidnapping 2nd degree felony warrant being obtained through the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office for Joshua Kent Thompson, 27, of Pleasant Grove. The bond amount was set at $30,000.

Thompson was arrested with the assistance of the FBI in New Orleans, La. at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Ms. Hilley was found unharmed and arrangements have been made for her to be reunited with her family.

Thompson is awaiting extradition to Alabama by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Further charges may be pending.

The Vestavia Hills Police Department expressed their sincere appreciation to the Birmingham and New Orleans Divisions of the FBI for the safe return of the victim and apprehension of the suspect.

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