Arlington Cops Honored for Solving Rape Case

by ARLnow.com October 19, 2011 at 10:02 am 2,931 10 Comments

Two Arlington County police officers are being honored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for their role in the arrest of Jorge Torrez.

Torrez, a former Marine, was convicted of rape and abduction after two February 2010 incidents in Arlington. He’s also charged with murder in the 2009 death of a Naval Petty Officer.

Here’s the press release from the Arlington County Police Department:

The Arlington County Police Department is pleased to announce the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Highway Safety Committee has selected two Arlington County officers as the grand prize winners of the 2011 Looking Beyond the License Plate award. The 3M Traffic Safety Systems Division has partnered with the IACP Highway Safety Committee for 13 years to recognize police officers who use license plates to solve serious, non-traffic related crimes.

On February 27, 2010, around 4 a.m., police responded to the 600 block of North Wakefield Street for a call about an abduction. Two young women were walking to a residence when a man confronted them with a handgun. The suspect forced them inside the house where he restrained them. The suspect then forced one of the victims to leave the house with him and she was forced into the suspect’s vehicle. Four hours later, the victim was found seeking help and medical treatment in a neighboring jurisdiction. She was suffering from serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

During the investigation of these crimes, Corporal Timothy Clifford and Officer Andrew Nucelli recalled seeing, and running the license plate, of a vehicle that matched the description of the SUV used in these crimes. That information lead to the owner of the SUV, Jorge Torrez. This police work was instrumental in the identification and subsequent arrest of the suspect.

Jorge Torrez was not only convicted of 14 charges including Abduction with the Intent to Defile, Forcible Sodomy, Robbery, and Rape, he was later charged with the death of a Naval Petty Officer and linked by DNA to the a double homicide of two young girls in Illinois that occurred in 2005.

Corporal Clifford and Officer Nucelli will each be honored at a banquet at the IACP Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, next week.

  • Steamboat Willie

    Kudos to these officers and many thanks for taking that animal off the streets.

  • Just Me

    Good job guys and congrats on getting well deserved award.

  • brendan

    always nice when the good guys win…

  • Notra


  • Congratulations Corporal Clifford and Officer Nucelli, job well done.

  • JimPB


  • Thes

    Great job, guys! Well-deserved award.

  • blueflipflops

    We will never know the number of lives saved by the work of these two officers. A serial killer off the street forever. Good work guys!


  • Clarendon Cruiser

    I thought once a marine, always a marine…what’s this “former marine” stuff?

    This guy was scum of the earth, the USMC should disown him.

    • Bob

      They did. Thus the “former marine” labelling instead of “marine.” His employment as a marine actually played a part in his geographic movements between his various heinous deeds.

      Kudos to the two officers for exemplifying the best side of American policing.


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