Suspected child abductor sentenced on DUI charge

Ruben Torres (WAVY News)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A man accused of trying to abduct a little boy from a Virginia Beach flea market last year will spend a month in jail for a DUI charge.

Ruben Torres was sentenced Thursday to 12 months with 11 months suspended, according to Macie Pridgen with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

According to James Cason with the Virginia Beach Police Department, a 6-year-old child wandered away from his parents at a flea market in the Thalia United Methodist Church parking lot on Nov. 9, 2013. Cason said the child was seen being escorted away by a stranger, and the man was stopped by Virginia Beach Police a short time later.

Torres was arrested and charged with abduction and DUI. In November, a prosecutor with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said Torres’ blood alcohol content at the time of his arrest was .21, nearly three times the legal limit.

Thursday’s sentencing was just for the DUI charge. Torres is scheduled to be in court April 7 on the abduction charge.

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