Man jailed for probation violation, under investigation for threats (corrected)

Published 7:00 am Thursday, August 13, 2015

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 *On Aug. 13, the Item, based on information from law enforcement, reported that Wayne C. Torres was arrested for terroristic threats after he allegedly made a threatening call to WDAM. In fact, he was arrested for probation violations and sheriff’s deputies are still investigating who called WDAM.

A Pearl River County man has been charged with making terrorist threats after he left a voicemail to WDAM-TV alluding to carrying out a shooting in a movie theater.

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Wayne C. Torres, 51, of 46 Easy St., was arrested by the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department early Wednesday morning, said Marc Ogden, chief investigator for the sheriff’s department.

The department was notified about the voicemail by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, which is the day Torres left the voicemail. Through the initial investigation of the case, investigators between both departments were able to identify the caller as Torres, Ogden said.

According to the voicemail WDAM-TV received, a man believed to be Torres said, “I’m homicidal, suicidal. I been getting help for the last 10 years. Now, everybody decides to cut you off. Mental health don’t want to help you anymore. Medicaid don’t want to help you anymore, and I just wanted to find out if you wanted to talk to somebody to find out why they do what they do when they go to these theaters and shoot up people. Apparently, it’s not that important. So, uh, I was hoping to give you the insight before it happens. Alright. Thanks.”

Making terrorist threats is a felony charge. Torres allegedly has an extensive criminal background, which includes charges related to drugs, simple assault and probation violations, Ogden said.

“In light of past events with shootings at theaters and recruiting stations, we took that very seriously and we worked hand in hand with Jones County and were able to make the arrest,” Ogden said.

Jones is being held at the Pearl River County jail. He’s currently out on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Ogden said.

An attempt to contact the television station wasn’t returned by press time.