Police make arrest in crime spree, murder investigation

Man arrested for murder and crime spree

Police have arrested a man involved in a violent crime spree through the north side and he now faces a capital murder charge for shooting and killing a convenience store employee.

Police said that they found Ralph Torres was walking with a female's purse and that they ended up finding a gun on him as well. It’s not clear if it's the same gun used to kill the man in that deadly convenience store shooting.

While hiding his face from the cameras, 24-year-old Ralph Torres claimed his innocence.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about, bro,” Torres said. “I didn’t do it.”

Police say that he is far from innocent, though.

In an arrest warrant, investigators say that Torres is responsible for at least five robberies near I-10 and Hildebrand on Monday night. All of those robberies happened in the span of less than an hour.

The most tragic robbery ended in the death of 61-year-old Makansinh Udavat. He and his wife were working at a Quick Stop as Torres was trying to enter and the couple was closing. Udavat's wife, Jhobi, was shot in the shoulder.

Loyal customers are shocked.

“He was a real nice person,” one customer said. “I used to come here almost every day and chat for a while. And then I come in there and they tell me he was killed... I was shocked. Good friend.”

Police say that during the string of robberies, Torres shot a victim in the face, took someone else’s wallet, and carjacked someone at gunpoint.

“Wonderful. I think he deserved to be arrested,” the customer added.

Police say that Torres took the car that he stole at gun point across the border and came back to San Antonio on a bus.

KENS 5 spoke with the owner of the property and he is not sure if he will be opening again.

Meanwhile, Udavat's wife has been released from the hospital.

(© 2016 KENS)


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