Hate Crime – Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Hate Crime – Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Posted on 01/04/2021
Hate Crime – Assault with a Deadly WeaponOn January 3, 2021, at approximately 10:49 a.m., Chino Police responded to a call for service in the parking lot of Superior Market located at 12375 Central Avenue regarding a victim who stated he was shot at by an unknown Hispanic male subject driving a black Chevy Tahoe. The victim was not struck, and the suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.

At approximately 10:59 a.m., officers received a shots fired call from the 711 store located at 5684 Riverside Drive. The victim stated an unknown Hispanic male fired several shots at him before fleeing the scene. The front glass to the business was struck and damaged, but nobody was injured. Both the suspect and suspect vehicle description matched the earlier call for service at Superior. Officers learned the suspect vehicle was registered to a residence in the 6100 block of Anita Street. Officers were continuing their investigation to confirm the information and attempt to identify the suspect when a third related call for service was received.

At approximately 11:39 a.m., a third victim called dispatch and advised he was shot with a pellet gun by a Hispanic male subject driving a black Chevy Tahoe. The subject parked the vehicle and went into a residence in the 6100 block of Anita Street. The victim sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention. Officers responded and were able to take the subject into custody without incident.

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Andres Torres of Chino. Two pellet guns were seized from Torres’ possession and are believed to be the weapons used in these incidents. All three of the victims are African American males, are not known to Torres, and were innocent victims of these attacks. Officers determined these incidents were racially motivated and, therefore, a hate crime. Torres was arrested, and a $1,000,000 bail enhancement was obtained. Torres was booked at the West Valley Detention Center on multiple counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Hate Crimes.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with additional information can contact the Chino Police Department at 909-628-1234.

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CONTACTS: Lieutenant Dustin Tomicic, (909) 334-3115