Police aid stranded motorist, then arrest him on S.C. warrant

December 26, 1996

A 27-year-old fugitive from South Carolina was arrested at the Fort McHenry Tunnel at about 7: 50 p.m. yesterday when his car broke down and helpful officers discovered an outstanding warrant for his arrest, Maryland Transportation Authority police said.

Officers were helping Luis Torres of Smithfield, S.C., with mechanical problems when a routine check of his license plate showed he was wanted on sex charges in Aiken County, S.C., a transportation authority spokeswoman said.

Torres, who was northbound on Interstate 95, ran from his car but was quickly chased down and arrested. He was taken to Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center for processing last night. Two passengers in the car, a woman and her niece, were also taken into custody. Karen William Moreno of Hemingway, S.C., was arrested and charged with transporting an illegal handgun over state lines. Police were still trying to contact the parents of the juvenile, whose name was not released.

Pub Date: 12/26/96

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