Sheriff says Rock Island robbery suspect is the same man accused in shooting, robberies in Grant County


The man arrested after a spree of armed robberies, a vehicle chase and gunfire in Grant County is also responsible for an armed holdup at BJ’s Shell station in Rock Island, said Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris.

Jesus Torres, 24, is already jailed in Grant County and facing charges for the incidents in the Moses Lake area Nov. 17, in which he allegedly shot a pursuing deputy in the foot.

Morris now says Torres also robbed BJ’s armed with a handgun that same day, threatening a clerk and a customer and making off with cash and a jug of antifreeze.

The two sheriff’s departments shared information to identify Torres.

He’s now likely to face additional Douglas County charges of armed robbery and possessing firearms with a felony conviction.

Torres is accused of robbing two Moses Lake businesses, then leading pursuing officers on a chase through Ephrata just after midnight Nov. 17, shooting at deputies as he drove.

One of the shots reportedly fired by Torres went through a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle and hit him in the foot.

Deputy Jeff Wentworth was treated at the hospital and released early early that morning.

The Moses Lake Police Department says Torres was armed with an AR15-type rifle and a handgun when he was arrested.

They say he was pulled over just after midnight in Ephrata by Grant County Sheriff’s deputies, then fled and began shooting at deputies out the car window.

As Ephrata police joined the chase Torres began circling the city and continued to fire both his weapons at his pursuers, Moses Lake police said.

One bullet hit Wentworth’s vehicle and another deputy’s vehicle was damaged by the gunfire.

The pursuit continued outside Ephrata from Road 19 Northeast to Highway 17, where a deputy executed a PIT maneuver, spinning Torres’ vehicle.

Police said Torres then attempted to flee on foot but was quickly captured.