published Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

'Jesus Rios' arrested on peeping Tom charges in Dalton, Ga.

A Dalton, Ga., man apparently found ways to scare several women in several places in one night.

Jesus Rios drank at a Dalton bar, hit on multiple women and got kicked out, authorities said. Then, according to an incident report, he coveted his neighbor's wife.

Rios lugged a chair behind Blanca Soto's apartment and sat down with a perfect view through her kitchen window. When Soto noticed the stranger staring at her, according to the report, she ran outside. Rios told her to be quiet.

She didn't. Soto called police, and Dalton officers charged Rios with loitering and prowling, public drunkenness and being a "peeping Tom." The latter charge carries a sentence of 1-5 years in prison or a fine up to $10,000.

Later, police realized the man's name wasn't even Jesus Rios. When Whitfield County Jail officials took his fingerprints, they realized he was actually Miguel Torres.

According to jail officials, Torres already was wanted by the Murray County Sheriff's Office, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has asked to question Torres before the jail releases him.

Murray County officials declined to say why they took out a warrant for Torres, and the ICE communications department did not return a call or an email Monday.

After Soto called 911 around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Dalton police Officer Daniel Jones found Torres outside, a couple of doors down from Soto's apartment on Hannah Court. Soto said she was sure Torres was the man who had been peeping through her window.

She and another neighbor said they thought Torres lived in the same complex. When officers knocked on the door of the apartment where they believed Torres lived, nobody inside answered. Through a translator, Torres said those people were gone for the night, whoever they were.

Later, Soto's mother-in-law arrived at the scene. She said she had seen Torres at a bar called El Tenampa earlier that night.

"[Torres] was reportedly kicked out of the bar," Jones wrote in his report, "because he had been harassing women."

Torres remained in the Whitfield County Jail on Monday in lieu of a $2,000 bond.

Contact staff writer Tyler Jett at 423-757-6476 or at tjett@timesfreepress.com.

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