On November 26, 2012, Ocean City police detectives received confidential information that a male, later identified as Hector Aaron Torres, 25, of Ocean City, was planning an armed robbery of the O.C. Dollar Store, located at 203 Philadelphia Avenue. Police detectives corroborated the information and based upon the detailed information developed, officers immediately removed the store employees from the business. Ocean City Police concealed tactical officers inside and outside of the business and began surveillance.
At approximately 8:20 p.m., Torres entered the O.C. Dollar Store wearing a hooded sweat shirt, with the hood pulled over his head concealing his face. Torres was holding a razor knife in one hand and a kitchen knife in his other hand. During the attempted armed robbery, Torres walked through the store aisles attempting to locate a store employee. Officers confronted Torres inside of the business and attempted to arrest him.
Torres immediately attempted to flee on foot, at which time officers ordered him to stop. After failing to obey verbal commands by officers, Torres was subdued and taken into custody by an officer who used a TASER electronic control device. Police recovered the razor knife and kitchen knife which were discarded by Torres when he attempted to flee the scene.
Torres has been charged as follows:
- Armed Robbery (Felony)
- Robbery (Felony)
- Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery
- Conspiracy to Commit Robbery
- Resisting Arrest
- Possession of a Concealed Deadly Weapon
- Possession of a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Injure
Torres is being held on $250,000 bond.