Rey E. Torres, 38, of Waterford, stole a green Ford Explorer Thursday around 4 p.m. in New London, according to The Day and Waterford Police Lt. Brett Mahoney. What he saw in the back seat after he started to drive off was a surprise, Mahoney said.
Sitting in the back was a three-year-old boy, Mahoney said. At that point, Torres knew what he was doing was far worse than just a carjacking, he said.
So, he drove the child to the , told him to go inside and abandoned the car, Mahoney said. Then he took off on foot, he said.
Walmart employees quickly found the boy up and police were called. On the way to Walmart, one Waterford officer saw a man running down Cross Road, Mahoney said.
Police looked at Walmart surveillance footage and matched it to the man on Cross Road, Mahoney said. Another Waterford officer went and found Torres at the .
The Waterford officer arrested Torres and turned him over to New London Police, where he was charged with third-degree larceny, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree criminal trespass in connection with the incident, according to The Day.
The following arrest information was supplied by the Waterford Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Eric Wasniewski, 41, of 48 Spring Glen Rd, Niantic, was charged at 2:58 p.m. with cruelty to animals.
Tracy Moon, 38, of 15 Laforge Dr, Coventry, RI, was charged at 11 a.m. with possession of narcotics.
Shawn Moon, 37, of 2 Oak St, Lyme, was charged at 11 a.m. with use of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics.
Danielle Ginise, 22, of 153 Harding Ave, West Haven, was charged at 5:45 p.m. with conspiracy to commit a crime and sixth-degree larceny.
Robert Lenert, 25, of 44 Franklin St, New London, was charged at 9 p.m. with fifth-degree larceny.
Robyn Loman, 21, of 1512 Potomac Heights Dr, Fort Washington, Maryland, was charged at 10:49 a.m. with third-degree larceny, credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card and third-degree identity theft.
Dominique Williams, 25, of 84 Bristol St, West Haven, was charged at 12:12 p.m. with accessory to third-degree forgery.
One person was arrested on Jan. 15 for driving a motor vehicle when registration or license is refused/suspended/revoked, a second for second-degree failure to appear in court and another for disorderly conduct.
One person was arrested on Jan. 19 for breach of peace.