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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Today police, sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals have ended their search for an accused killer. Anthony Torres is in custody. It’s the third time the suspect has been jailed in the last two months.
U.S. Marshals located Torres and took him into custody around 6 a.m.
Some members of the Muslim community are furious that his release on bond was even a possibility. It’s not only what Torres did, but who he targeted in a December shooting that had people concerned.
Torres was arrested after he opened fire inside a tire shop, killing one person and injuring several others on Christmas Eve. After his arrest, police determined that he was targeting Muslims during the shooting and classified his case as a hate crime.
While out on bond on the murder charge, Torres was arrested for vandalizing a store in Rockwall County. He was released from jail a second time, after police say he lied to officers.
Today officials at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said Torres won’t be bonding of of jail again anytime soon. The 31-year-old will be held without bond until a court hearing is scheduled.
Members of the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations say the Muslim community should have been warned that Torres was back on the street.
Residents were not only fearful Torres could return and hurt another person, but also upset that he was able to post bail, again.
Witness Rashad Farhan was across the street from the tire store when he heard the shots. He says things are different now, for him and others in the community. “You know I don’t even feel comfortable being at this shop. You just never know if he’s coming back for vengeance, coming back to finish what he started.”
A warrant for Torres’ arrest, for insufficient bond, was issued last week.
In a statement, officials at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said, in part –
“Bonds are set by the court and all defendants have a constitutional right to a reasonable bond. This case was set within the current bond schedule.
Our office takes hate crime seriously and we will consider all facts and evidence to reach a just conclusion.”
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