FALL RIVER, Mass. — A man arrested in Massachusetts on allegations he was wanted for a triple slaying in Puerto Rico says those homicide charges against him were dismissed.
Authorities said 36-year-old Pedro Torres was apprehended in Fall River on Thursday by local police, with assistance from Massachusetts and Rhode Island state police, and U.S. Marshals. They said he was wanted in the shooting deaths of three people in Puerto Rico in August 2014.
But during Torres’ arraignment Friday in Fall River District Court, his lawyer said Puerto Rican officials dismissed the homicide charges and released him.
Puerto Rico officials, however, told WJAR-TV that Torres’ lawyer’s claim was incorrect.
A judge ordered Torres detained without bail pending a dangerous hearing next Thursday. Torres has pending gun and drug charges in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.