2000-02-05 / Front Page

The Charge Is Murder

Hit & Run Suspect Nabbed

By Joan Ward George

After more than four months of investigation into the hit and run homicide of Jose Monge last September, detectives from the 101 Precinct have tracked down Heriberto Torres to Puerto Rico where he was arrested for the crime and charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

According to police, Torres, 18, was on the lam in Puerto Rico hiding from New York police since just after the hit and run incident occurred. A series of tips from individuals known to the alleged perpetrator led Detective Savine to a particular location in Puerto Rico where Savine placed Torres under arrest and accompanied him back to Far Rockaway to face the charges against him.

According to witnesses to the September 2 car chase, police were told that the hit and run drive allegedly ran down and intentionally killed Monge on the grounds in the grassy area in front of Far Rockaway High School. The incident was called into 911 at approximately 6:40 p.m. from a public telephone located at Beach Channel drive and Beach 25 street.

Monge, 29 at the time of his death, lived at 310 Beach 45 street, Far Rockaway. Torres’ address remains unknown to the police, as he has listed only a post office box number on his police report.

The Wave ran a follow-up story on the incident that claimed Torres’ life, asking for witnesses with any information about the crime to come forward to assist in the investigation.

According to police, Monge had no criminal past and they were initially baffled over the motive for the apparent intention murder.

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