HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Hudson Police officers arrested a 31-year-old man on a stalking charge Tuesday in connection to allegations that he tried to run his estranged wife off the road, sent her numerous harassing text messages, and created fake Facebook pages to contact her.
Daniel Torres, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony stalking charge. No bail has been set at this time.
According to the arrest affidavit, Torres and his wife separated about a month ago, "and since that time, [he] has continued to alarm, annoy, harass, torment, and attempt to embarrass" the woman in several different ways.
The victim told the Hudson Police officer that obtained the arrest warrant that Torres had tried to run her off the road several times when she was on her way to work, the affidavit said. In one incident on Jan. 17, Torres allegedly spotted his estranged wife and their kids near the intersection of FM 3150 and the loop in Lufkin and followed her around the loop.
As the woman traveled toward State Highway 94, Torres alternated between traveling behind and beside her in such a way that she feared for her safety and that of her children, the affidavit stated. The affidavit stated that the victim managed to get herself and her kids into the Dairy Queen on the feeder road off of Loop 287, but Torres continued to circle the area for a while before he left.
Still fearful for her safety, the woman made contact with the Hudson Police officer while he was on a traffic stop in the area and told him what had happened. Later the HPD officer talked to the victim's mother, she told him that she was worried about her daughter's safety and what Torres might do to her, the affidavit stated.
In addition, the woman told the police officer that she had received numerous text messages from Torres, the affidavit stated. At the officer's request, she sent him screen shots of the texts, and it turned out to be approximately 100 pages worth of messages, according the affidavit.
Torres allegedly sent his estranged wife text messages over the course of several hours without any response from her. At one point, she told him that she wanted a divorce, and he continued to send the harassing messages, the affidavit stated.
Torres also created numerous fake Facebook accounts to try to contact the victim, the affidavit stated. He allegedly created accounts using at least six fake names, and the woman has blocked Torres and whatever other names he has used from her Facebook page.