Hudson man arrested again for stalking after 1st arrest

Daniel Torres (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Daniel Torres (Source: Angelina County Jail)

HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - After having already been booked in the Angelina County Jail on an allegation of stalking his ex-wife, a Hudson man is back behind bars, accused of again stalking the same woman.

Daniel Wesley Torres, 34, is charged with third-degree stalking and third-degree violation of a protective order.

According to an arrest affidavit, the woman called Hudson police and provided a list of phone calls to her home phone and cell phone from an unknown number. She said see dialed star-69 and got a prompt that the number cannot be displayed but she could call the number back. The woman said she called the number back and Torres' voice mail answered.

According to the affidavit, Torres posted on his Facebook page, "Don't you just love it when you get a call from a home phone number that has a no contact order issued. Like plain as day I couldn't believe it."

The affidavit listed 40 instances of an unknown number calling her phone between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27.

The affidavit also stated Torres drove within 300 feet of her house on Jan. 24 and he also tried to catch up to her vehicle between the dates of Jan. 22 and Jan. 27.

This comes after Torres' Jan. 21 arrest for stalking. According to a previous report, he tried to run his estranged wife off the road, sent her numerous harassing text messages, and created fake Facebook pages to contact her.

Lufkin Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist, Dr. Debra Burton, explains that stalking is not a mental disorder. In fact, it's a disorderly behavior.

"People have to realize it is an obsessive preoccupation," said Burton. "It's consuming, and that leads to that compulsive behavior. Instead of texting two times, it may be 50 times. Instead of calling once, it may be 70 times that they call."

Burton mentions that fast access to cell phones and social media make a stalkers job much easier.

"What happens is it can escalate into spying on the person or also even unexpected confrontations, like showing up some places unexpectedly," Burton said.

But what can a victim do when signs of stalking go too far?

"One of my first suggestions is to go to the law," Burton said. "Take advantage that there is protection there, and one of the things that happens is that there is a protective order put in place. If that person violates that protective order, then there are consequences that can happen."

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