I am pleased to announce that today (November 22, 2013), Miguel Torres, accompanied by two U.S. Marshals and Berks County District Attorney Detective Harold Shenk, has been returned to the United States. This has been accomplished because of the tireless efforts produced from inter-agency and international cooperation. Mr. Torres was a fugitive for over 8 years.
Torres was arrested in Bologna, Italy, in March 2013 by Italian authorities based on information provided by the U.S. Marshals Service investigators. Torres, 42, was charged with first degree murder in Reading, PA, following the September 2005 execution-style murder of his estranged wife Barbara.
Torres' wife had received a protective order against her husband after she moved out of their home. Torres was served a restraining order September 9, 2005. Four days later, he allegedly used a spare key to enter his wife's vehicle, hiding in the backseat until she left work that day.
When his wife approached her vehicle, she spotted Torres and attempted to flee. He exited the vehicle and allegedly shot her in the back in a parking lot right next to the Berks County Courthouse / Services Center, then walking up to her and shotting her in the head.
Torres fled the scene in his wife's vehicle, later found at a nearby parking garage. He allegedly switched to a rented van, recovered a year later at LaGuardia Airport.
Miguel Torres was discovered to be living under an assumed name in Bologna, Italy. He was safely taken into custody on these charges due to the professional and thorough work of Italian law enforcement agencies and representatives from INTERPOL. The Italian Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with the Department of Justice and Department of State, worked within the Italian Court system to have Miguel Torres returned to our jurisdiction pursuant to international treaty obligations between our countries. That part of the process has been completed and, as of today at approximately 1:30 p.m., Miguel Torres landed at Newark International Airport in the custody of a member of our Berks County Detective's Office as well as representatives from the U.S. Marshal's Service. He is now being brought to Berks County where he will be held in custody while a final disposition of this case is determined.
Miguel Torres will be arraigned this evening and then be committed to Berks County Jail.