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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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People v Miguel Angel Torres

On September 10, 2015, a jury found defendant Miguel Angel Torres guilty of one count of forcible rape, five counts of forcible sexual penetration by a foreign object, one count of second degree robbery with an allegation of personal infliction of great bodily injury during the offense, and one count of sexual battery by restraint. The jury also found true Defendant Torres' prior convictions of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a non-confined person by a prisoner. He was also in violation of his parole.

On May 24, 2014, at around 12:15am, a 19-year-old female college student was returning home to her apartment building in an unincorporated area of Hayward. As she walked towards her apartment, Defendant Torres (who was unknown to the victim) ran up behind her and struck her violently in the back of the head. The victim blacked out and fell to the ground. Defendant Torres jumped on top of her and used his hand to cover her mouth. He threatened her, saying “don’t scream or I’ll shoot you…..give me your purse and everything will be ok.”

He took the victim's purse and pinned her down with his body weight. He continued his threats while he sexually assaulted her. Just before getting up off the ground, Defendant Torres told the victim, “you’ve been a good girl, you’ll get to see your parents again,” and “don’t turn around or I’ll shoot you.”

A surveillance camera located in the parking lot captured the initial portion of the attack, and eight minutes later, Defendant Torres is seen standing up and adjusting his pants as he begins walking, then running away with her purse in hand. Detectives located surveillance footage from the restaurant where the victim was prior to returning home that shows Defendant Torres' car waiting over two hours for the victim in the parking lot, as well as additional surveillance footage that shows him following the victim home.

Following the attack, Defendant Torres used the victim’s credit card. Detectives located surveillance footage from those transactions and were able to identify Defendant Torres and the license plate of his car. Upon his arrest, detectives found multiple photos of the victim on Defendant Torres' cell phone taken from her Facebook page.

On December 1, 2015, Defendant Miguel Angel Torres was sentenced to 246 years to life in prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Carrie Skolnick with assistance from DA Inspectors Simon Rhee and Brian Delahunty and Victim-Witness Advocate Jenifer Mello.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015