Suspect well-known to police

Cop-shooting suspect’s prior arrests, in detail

BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-5934

Posted: August 16, 2013

ERIC TORRES, 31, was well-known to police long before he allegedly tried to kill Officer Edward Davies during a violent struggle Tuesday in a Feltonville corner store.

His criminal record suggests he was a drug dealer who’d rather fight cops than go to jail quietly. Here’s a look at the court records on his eight prior arrests:

*  Dec. 29, 2009: Allegedly fought two officers trying to arrest him on 3rd Street near Cambria in Fairhill for drug crimes. Two officers said Torres repeatedly punched and kicked them, leaving one with hand injuries. Torres was charged with nine crimes, including resisting arrest and possession with intent to deliver. His trial was postponed eight times. In November 2011, Common Pleas Judge Karen Shreeves-Johns found him not guilty of the drug offense and four other charges. The remaining charges were dismissed by a judge earlier or withdrawn by prosecutors for unspecified reasons.

*  Sept. 5, 2007: Arrested in Fairhill after police found more than six grams of cocaine and heroin on him. He pleaded guilty in February 2008 to manufacturing/delivery/possession with intent to deliver and was sentenced to two to four years in prison. Judge Genece E. Brinkley also ordered him to get a job and vo-tech training and participate in a drug-treatment program.

*  June 16, 2007: Charged with resisting arrest after allegedly trying to flee while being arrested for drug crimes. At a preliminary hearing in December 2007, prosecutors withdrew the drug charges, and he was found not guilty of resisting arrest.

*  May 27, 2007: Charged with three drug offenses. A judge dismissed the charges in February 2008 for “lack of prosecution.”

*  July 29, 2005: Allegedly kicked and punched two officers who were trying to subdue him, biting one’s finger and kicking the other in the groin. Both officers suffered cuts and scrapes on their arms and legs, and the bitten officer had a cut finger. In February 2006, he pleaded guilty to two counts of simple assault. As part of the plea bargain, six other charges, including resisting arrest, were dropped. Brinkley sentenced him to six to 23 months in prison and ordered him to “stay out of trouble, obtain and maintain employment [and] stop selling drugs.”

*  July 1, 2005: Arrested on three drug offenses; pleaded guilty to two, earning a two- to four-year prison term followed by three years of probation.

*  June 11, 2005: Arrested on a drug-possession charge; pleaded guilty and in October 2005 was sentenced to six to 12 months in jail.

*  June 22, 2004: Charged with three drug offenses after police found heroin in his possession on Westmoreland Street near E; pleaded guilty to two drug crimes and was sentenced to six to 23 months in jail and one year of probation.


Torres came to the United States from Puerto Rico in 2005 and has been in jail much of the time since.

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