CURTIS BAY, Md. – Anne Arundel County police arrested an off-duty Prince George’s County police officer early Tuesday morning after a road rage incident which led to the officer drawing his weapon.
Cpl. Joey Torres is currently suspended with pay pending an administrative hearing.
“Our special investigation response team immediately launched an administrative investigation upon learning of the arrest,” said Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw. “Cpl. Torres’ police powers have been suspended.”
According to charging documents, the incident began when Prince George’s Torres began following a man, Marlon Robert Marner, after Marner passed him on I-97. Torres continued to follow Marner onto eastbound I-695 towards Ordnance Road.
Marner pulled his Volkswagen Passat into a parking lot in the 700 block ofEast Ordinance Road, and Torres blocked Marner in the lot with his Chevrolet Equinox.
Marner told police Torres pulled a gun from the trunk of Equinox and placed it against his temple and told him to get out of the vehicle and get on the ground.
A witness told police Torres approached Marner’s vehicle “in an aggressive manner” before pulling the gun, according to charging statements.
Marner was ultimately able to drive away, but Torres followed the vehicle on foot.
According to Marner, Torres, a 10-year-veteran, never identified himself as a police officer.
According to witnesses, Torres did not display a badge, was not wearing a uniform, and his vehicle was not outfitted with markings or lights.
According to Lt. Rich Duvall, spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, patrol units arrived on the scene and located 47-year-old Torres, who said Marner had been tailgating him and threw a can at his car while he passed him.
Torres told police he had identified himself as “county police” when he was drawing his weapon, according to charging statements.
Police retrieved a fully loaded Smith & Wesson M&P .40-caliber pistol from Torres’ waistband at the scene.
Torres is charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, according to charging documents.“When one of our officers is accused of criminal wrongdoing, the Prince George’s County Police Department takes those allegations very seriously,” Magaw said. “This department holds our officers to a high set of standards whether on or off duty and our community deserves that.”