March 10, 2010

Fugitive arrested in Scarborough


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Staff Writer

A fugitive wanted on an attempted murder charge in Baltimore was arrested in Scarborough on Monday and is being held at Cumberland County Jail without bail pending extradition.

Miguel Angel Torres III, 29, most recently of Jacksonville, Fla., was located at 3 Stone Road by members of the Southern Maine Violent Crimes Task Force. The federal and local authorities who are members of the task force worked with Scarborough police and the Southern Maine Regional SWAT team to execute a search warrant on the house at 10 p.m., arresting Torres without incident, police said.

Torres is wanted by Baltimore County police on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and use of a handgun in a violent crime for a shooting that occurred on June 26 in the city's North Point area, said Baltimore County Cpl. Michael Hill.

Torres had lived in Maine before moving to Florida. In 2001, he was charged with aggravated assault while working as a bouncer at The Bitter End in Portland. He was arrested after he punched a bar patron in the face, causing the patron to fall onto the curb, which fractured his skull and sent him to the hospital in critical condition.

A jury acquitted Torres of the charges, determining that he was justified in hitting the man in self-defense.

Torres was convicted of failure to disperse in 2004; of carrying a concealed weapon, drug possession, having a loaded firearm in a vehicle and violating bail conditions in 2005; and of assault in 2006.

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