U.S. Marine charged in Ballston rape
A 21-year-old U.S. Marine who was linked to an attempted abduction on North Quincy Street in Arlington in early February was charged this week with a separate attack two weeks later on two young women in their Ballston home.
Jorge "George" Torrez, who was stationed at Henderson Hall on Fort Myer, was arrested on Feb. 27, about two weeks after he allegedly tried to shove a woman into his car late at night near Washington-Lee High School.
His arrest came the same day that police believe he followed two women home from a late-night Ballston meal and held them in their own home on North Wakefield Street before abducting one of them, raping her, and leaving her for dead in Prince William County.
Police initially felt confident that he was linked to the Feb. 27 Ballston attack but they were in no rush to charge him with those crimes because they had him in custody without bond on the previous case. "He's always been the only suspect," said Det. Crystal Nosal, an Arlington police spokeswoman.
Arlington police on Friday announced that they have charged Torrez with 14 criminal counts related to the North Wakefield Street attack, including abduction, rape, forcible sodomy, robbery, burglary with intent to commit sexual assault and use of a firearm during a felony.
Torrez, originally of Zion, Ill., was stationed in Arlington and worked at the Pentagon, according to his family. Police said they believe Torrez was following women as they walked on foot from the Ballston area and committing crimes of opportunity in an area with which he was familiar.
The escalation of the crimes in such a short period of time -- two weeks from one alleged attempted abduction to an alleged brutal rape and physical attack -- was unusual, and was of great concern to police. Torrez was arrested quickly, as detectives were able to use witness accounts to track him down; he was arrested as he tried to leave his base just hours after the rape attack.
Law enforcement officials said the rape victim was found at about 8 a.m. the morning of the attack on the edge of Minnieville Road in Prince William County, near Marine Corps Base Quantico. Officials said the woman was beaten and choked to within inches of her life and left for dead in a wooded area.
Prince William County prosecutors are preparing for possible additional charges against Torrez, as officials believe some elements of the attack occurred there. They are weighing the possibility of a charge of attempted capital murder -- a charge that carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison -- because the potentially deadly attack included rape. They are working with Arlington County prosecutors to determine if and when to bring additional charges.
Torrez is being held in the Arlington County jail without bond. He has a court date of July 26 in Arlington County.
-- Josh White
June 25, 2010; 4:19 PM ET
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