On 11/17/2020 at approximately 9:32 PM Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to a reported robbery at 100 Rock Island Drive, which is the BJ’s gas station in Rock Island.
When deputies arrived they were told a single individual, armed with a handgun, entered the gas station and held the clerk and a customer at gunpoint demanding money. The suspect left the store with anti-freeze and an undisclosed amount of cash.
The investigation identified the suspect as Jesus Torres Jr., a 24-year-old male out of Royal City. Investigators learned Jesus had committed two separate robberies in Moses Lake earlier the same day.
Several hours after the robbery at BJ’s in Rock Island, Jesus led Grant County Deputies on a vehicle pursuit, which started in the Ephrata area. During the pursuit Jesus shot at the pursuing Deputies, leaving one Deputy injured with non-life threatening injuries. The pursuit subsequently ended with Jesus being placed in custody by Grant County Deputies.
Jesus is currently in custody and being held at the Grant County Jail pending charges in both Grant and Douglas County. Douglas County charges are Robbery in the first degree, attempted Robbery in the first degree, and felon in possession of firearms.