A Town of Grafton teenager who was charged in juvenile court last month with shooting at his sister’s boyfriend was waived into adult court last week.
Sixteen-year-old Joseph I. Torres, who was arrested after a six-day manhunt in April, is charged with one felony count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and one misdemeanor count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person younger than 18.
He is being held in the Ozaukee County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Lakefield Road, where Torres lived with his older sister, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, to investigate reports of gunshots.
According to the criminal complaint, Torres’ sister told authorities that her boyfriend, 24-year-old Carlos Garcia of Milwaukee, came to her house, broke down the door and entered the home.
The woman said she pushed Garcia out of the house, and in the process, Garcia took her cell phone and tried to drive away with it, the complaint states.
The woman said she was holding onto Garcia as he began to drive slowly away from the house with his driver’s-side door open but lost her grip on him after they bit each other and he sped up.
That’s when the woman said she heard gunshots and saw her brother standing behind Garcia’s vehicle. The woman and her younger sister, who also lived in the house, both said Torres fired the shots, according to the complaint.
Garcia, who is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the incident, admitted to kicking in the door but said he was driving away from the house when Torres began shooting at him with a revolver, the complaint states.
Garcia said Torres fired four or five shots at him, with bullets breaking a window and a mirror of his car and leaving a hole in the trunk.
Torres ran away after the shooting and was on the lam until Sunday morning, April 27, when he was spotted by retired Mequon police officer Mario Valdes, who currently is director of security for Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, on Covered Bridge Road in the Town of Cedarburg.
Valdes detained the boy until deputies arrived and arrested him.
The felony Torres is charged with carries a maximum penalty of 7-1/2 years in prison and five years of extended supervision.
He would face a maximum nine months in prison if convicted of the misdemeanor.