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Feds offer $3,000 reward for drug dealer who’s on the lam

Mugshot Ignacio Torres Jr.

Mugshot of Ignacio Torres Jr.

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Updated: December 16, 2013 6:34AM



Federal authorities offered a $3,000 reward Friday for information leading to the arrest of a convicted drug dealer who is on the run after he walked out a federal courtroom just moments after a judge ordered him taken into custody for allegedly threatening to kill an informant in the case against him.

Also, federal prosecutors filed a motion late Thursday to forfeit the bond of the man, Ignacio Torres, Jr., which was secured by his parents’ home.

Law enforcement authorities have spoken to numerous family members of Torres, and they all say they have no idea where he is.

The embarrassing security lapse happened Tuesday afternoon at the Dirksen Federal Court building, when Torres, 32, wandered out of Judge Harry Leinenweber’s courtroom and disappeared.

Torres — who pleaded guilty to a cocaine dealing charge in June — had been free on bond while he awaited sentencing, when on Sunday night he allegedly threw rocks at and threatened to kill a “snitch” who’d helped the DEA catch him.

That incident prompted prosecutors to urge Leinenweber to revoke Torres’ bond and lock him up — a request the judge agreed to Tuesday.

But, witnesses say, there were no security officers in the courtroom at the time.

And after the judge and prosecutors left the court, Torres apparently slipped out of the courtroom and fled before U.S. Marshals Service deputies arrived.

Torres’ attorney, Beau Brindley, did not immediately return calls seeking comment Thursday. But a courtroom witness said that Brindley was also unaware that Torres had escaped until it was too late, because he’d been working with a court official to try to arrange for Torres to turn himself in when Torres fled.

Torres was due to be sentenced for the cocaine conviction next month.

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