Trevor Reed, the former United States Marine who spent nearly three years in Russian jail, is back in the U.S.
“It’s been (a) very exciting day for The Reed family. Trevor is back in the USA,” Reed’s mother, Paula Reed, posted on Twitter early Thursday.
Reed was arrested in Moscow while on a trip there in August 2019. After exiting a car on a busy street while intoxicated, he was detained by police, who further alleged he grabbed the arm of an officer while heading to the police station, causing the vehicle to swerve into another lane. Reed’s parents and lawyers dispute this claim.
“Our lawyers had government experts analyze the video and put out a big long report saying that the car never slowed down and never stopped,” Reed’s father, Joey, told USA TODAY last year. “It never swerved and never did anything abnormal.”
Who is Trevor Reed?:The newly freed former Marine who had been jailed in Russia since 2019
The former Marine’s return home was confirmed by several news outlets, including NBC and CNN.
Jonathan Franks, a spokesman for Reed’s family, told NBC News on Thursday morning that Reed had landed in the U.S. but he declined to say where. NBC said it independently confirmed that Reed landed at Kelly Field airport in San Antonio at 12:33 a.m. CT Thursday.
Franks did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Texas Republican Rep. August Pfluger tweeted several pictures with Reed and his family welcoming him home Thursday morning.
Reed’s release was thanks to a surprise prisoner exchange with Russia. The U.S. agreed to send a Russian drug trafficker serving an American prison sentence back to Russia in exchange for Trevor Reed, who was serving a nine-year sentence there. U.S. officials were working on Reed’s release since at least last year.
In a Wednesday interview with CNN, father Joey Reed said Trevor told them he was flown from Moscow to Turkey, which is where the exchange took place.
“The American plane pulled up next to the Russian plane, and they walked both prisoners across at the same time, like you see in the movies,” Joey Reed said.
Paula Reed, Trevor’s mother, said in a tweet that President Joe Biden called their family Thursday morning.
“We are grateful beyond words,” Paula Reed tweeted. “We actually said that we believe @POTUS saved @freetrevorreed’s life by agreeing to this prisoner swap. We truly mean that!”
Contributing: Orlando Mayorquin