ORANGE (CBS) — A suspect was in custody on Tuesday after a vehicle crashed into a social services building in the city of Orange.

CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom reports the crash caused both a bomb scare and a hazardous materials scare on Monday night.

The suspect is also believed to be responsible for a second hit-and-run in another part of town, Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Jesus Torres, Jr., 36, has a history of domestic violence and vandalism, according to Amormino.

Torres is believed to have previously visited the social services building at 840 N. Eckhoff Street because of his domestic violence record.

Detectives said just before 7:30 p.m. on Monday night Torres’ green SUV slammed into the building. Torres then reportedly entered the building, left a suspicious package containing an unknown clear liquid, returned to his vehicle and fled.

Bomb squad and hazardous materials crews evacuated the building but later determined the liquid to be a non-hazardous mineral oil.

Amormino said deputies were able to capture the suspect thanks largely to eyewitness reports.

“In this incident, witnesses were able to provide law enforcement with a partial [license] plate of the suspect’s vehicle,” said Amormino.

The suspect reportedly drove a short distance and rammed his car into another building, at which point sheriff’s deputies were able to get a full license plate number and tracked the suspect to his residence.

Torres was placed under arrest as he was sitting in his vehicle in front of his home, Amormino said.

He could face a variety of charges, including burglary and felony vandalism.

Comments (2)
  1. Mary says:

    This article never stated whether he was a citizen or not, but we need tougher laws like this ,,,Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals. The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents.

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