The parental hysteria against strangers possibly photographing their children in public led to the arrest of a woman in Massachusetts after she stomped on the face of a student photographer Tuesday.
The photographer, a 22-year-old woman, was taking pictures for a class project in a public park when she was approached by Victoria Torres, who demanded she delete any photos of her children.
The photographer started to walk away, which was when Torres pounced on her.
According to Mass Live:
The incident happened around 5 p.m., Delaney said. Torres approached the photographer and “demanded in a threatening manner” that she delete any pictures containing images of her children, according to Delaney. The student, who wasn’t publicly identified by police, tried to avoid a confrontation and started to leave the park.
“As she was walking out, the outraged female came over and punched her twice in the face, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground,” Delaney said. Torres then “kicked the victim and stomped her face” after the photographer had fallen to the ground, Delaney said.
Torres also tried to take the woman’s camera and equipment, valued at about $4,000. Torres grabbed hold of the camera strap in effort to pull the camera from the student’s neck, Delaney said.
The suspect fled the scene before officers Jose Torres and Jose Robles arrived on scene, but Detective Ali Soffan spotted her on nearby Beauchamp Street and placed her under arrest. Detective Darren Edwards responded to take witness and victim statements and to photograph the students’ facial injuries, Delaney said.
Torres was expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court on charges of assault with intent to rob, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon – a shod foot. The outcome of that hearing wasn’t immediately known.
It’s not even clear if the photographer had even photographed her children, but it wouldn’t make a difference as there is no law against photographing children in public without parental consent.
UPDATE: Torres has served time in prison for aiding in the escape of a felon, making her a felon and an all-around model citizen and protector of all evil.
Torres pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of aiding in the escape of a felon or accused felon, and was sentenced to three to four years in state prison, Donato said. Another man, Carmelo N. Torres, 33, of 117 Westford Circle, also has been charged with aiding in Rodriguez’s escape.