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Man accused of stealing car with child has lengthy criminal history

Man accused of stealing car with child has lengthy criminal history

SAN ANTONIO - The man arrested for stealing a car with a toddler inside of it has a long criminal history dating back to 2007.

Victor Torres, 31, currently faces charges for driving an unauthorized vehicle after investigators say he stole a car from the West Side. Josue Gonzalez, 3, was sleeping in the back of the car when it was stolen. His mother told police she had stepped inside of a store and in a matter of seconds, someone stole her car with her son inside of it on Monday evening.

San Antonio Police issued an AMBER Alert, which proved to be a key factor in finding Josue and Torres. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office said a citizen saw the AMBER Alert and then spotted the stolen car more than 100 miles away at a rest area on Interstate 10.

"I got up on him, got behind him. He pulled back behind a semi-truck. Got him pinned in, where we didn't have to get in no pursuit or nothing like that,” Terry Guentert, with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, said.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Texas issued the most AMBER Alerts in 2015. Of the 182 alerts issued across the county in 2015, 50 cases were successfully solved as a direct result of the alert.

"It turned out really good just for the kid’s sake. Everything worked out perfect," Guentert said.

Guentert said Torres told investigators he was the little boy’s father, but the boy’s mother told us she has never seen Torres. According to online records, Torres was arrested twice for assault with bodily injury, once for possession of drugs and most recently for criminal mischief.

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