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For Immediate Release

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November 22, 2013 Chief Deputy John Patrignani, Philadelphia, PA (215) 768-6763;
Deputy Marshal Brian Hicks, Reading, PA (215) 768-6768;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals 'Most Wanted', Suspected Killer Extradited from Italy

Washington – A suspected wife killer who was added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive list in June 2011 arrived back in the U.S. after being extradited from Italy today.

Deputy U.S. Marshals and a detective from the Berks County District Attorney’s Office flew to Italy this week, took custody of Miguel Torres and returned him to Reading, PA. Torres was turned over to the custody of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department upon arrival at the Newark airport.

“Fugitives routinely flee the jurisdiction of one country only to cross international boundaries and seek refuge in another,” said William D. Snelson, Assistant Director for Investigative Operations. “Torres was no exception. Following the alleged cold-blooded murder of his wife, he fled the United States in an effort to avoid justice. Through the relentless pursuit by Marshals Service investigators in Pennsylvania, the International Investigations Branch, and our foreign law enforcement partners, Torres was located, arrested and extradited to the United States to answer for his crime.”

Torres was arrested in Bologna, Italy, in March by Italian authorities based on information provided by the U.S. Marshals Service investigators. Torres, 42, was charged with first degree murder in Reading, Pa., following the September 2005 execution-style murder of his estranged wife Barbara.

Torres’ wife had received a protective order against her husband after she moved out of their home. Torres was served a restraining order Sept. 9, 2005. Four days later, he allegedly used a spare key to enter his wife’s vehicle, hiding in the backseat until she left work that day.

When his wife approached her vehicle, she spotted Torres and attempted to flee. He exited the vehicle and allegedly shot her in the back near a county building, walking up to her and shooting her in the head.
Torres fled the scene in his wife’s vehicle, later found at a nearby parking garage. He allegedly switched to a rented van, recovered a year later at LaGuardia Airport.

Investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service developed information with the assistance of the Diplomatic Security Service and Interpol that Torres was using the alias Rene Rondon and residing in Italy. With coordination from the FBI’s Legal Attaché Office in Rome, Italian police arrested Torres at his residence in Bologna, Italy, where he was working as a live-in aide to an elderly couple.

The lengthy extradition proceedings in Italian court were coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice Attaché in Rome, part of the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs, together with the Berks County District Attorney’s Office. The Bologna Prosecutor General’s Office provided exceptional assistance in supporting the United States’ extradition request before the Italian Court of Appeals in Bologna, and the Italian Ministry of Justice’s Office II, in the Directorate General for Criminal Justice, worked cooperatively to ensure that Torres was brought to justice in Pennsylvania.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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