Former Marine Jorge Torrez is one of the most violent offenders in Arlington County, Va., in a long time, according to police. The 21-year-old is currently being held in prison facing 14 charges including two counts of abduction and three counts of forcible sodomy.
“For this area they are around the most serious crimes that we’ve dealt with in some time for a stranger to assault and abduct females by just coming up to them in the street,” said Detective Chrystal Nosal with the Arlington County Police Department.
On Feb. 10, 2010, Torrez allegedly tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint on N. Quincy Street, police said, but she fought him off, only giving up her purse.
Then, on Feb. 27, 2010, Torrez allegedly struck again, confronting two women at gunpoint shortly after 4 a.m. in the Ballston area, police said. Torrez allegedly forced both of them into a nearby home.
“They were restrained, and he removed one woman and took her to his vehicle, where he sexually assaulted her, and then drove her to a neighboring county where she was found seriously injured,” Nosal said.
Both victims in that case recovered, and later in the day, Torrez was tracked down and arrested.
News4 learned Wednesday that Torrez could be connected to another heinous crime just outside of Chicago, where two little girls were sexually assaulted and killed on Mother's Day in 2005. Currently another man, Jerry Hobbs, the father of one of those girls, is behind bars charged with the double murder. But a lawyer working for the law firm representing Torrez said Illinois authorities allege that DNA samples found on one the little girls clothing and finger nails connects Torrez, not Hobbs, to the deaths.
A search warrant says DNA samples were collected from Torrez when he was arrested in February.
The law firm representing Torrez said it would not comment about the DNA findings because prosecutors have not shown them the evidence.
Torrez faces life behind bars if he is convicted of all the charges against him in Arlington. His trial is set to begin July 26.