READING, Pa. - One of the most wanted men in America -- a Berks County man accused of killing his wife execution-style in downtown Reading more than seven years ago -- is now in custody, according to officials with the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington.
Miguel Torres was apprehended Friday morning at a home in Bologna, Italy, where he was using the alias Rene Rondon, officials said. Torres remains in the custody of Italian authorities, awaiting extradition to the United States on a charge of first degree murder.
Torres, 42, of Exeter Township, had been sought in the killing of his wife, Barbara Torres, in the parking lot of the former Wachovia Bank where she worked on North 6th Street in downtown Reading on the afternoon of Sept. 12, 2005.
Torres was hiding in the backseat of his wife's car until she left work that day, said officials, adding that he then shot her in the back as she attempted to flee. He then walked up to her on the ground and shot her once in the head, officials said. Torres had been served with a restraining order just three days earlier, officials said.
Torres fled the scene in his wife's car and then switched to a rented van a few blocks way, said police, who had long suspected he left the country right away. The van was recovered a year later at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
"I'm happy to see justice served," said Mayor Vaughn Spencer, D-Reading, upon learning of Torres' capture.
Barbara Torres filed for divorce from her husband just weeks before she was killed, according to court documents.
The worldwide manhunt for Miguel Torres had been featured on TV's "America's Most Wanted." He was added to the U.S. Marshal's list of 15 most wanted in June 2011.
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