Police: Woman survives violent abduction
A Providence man faces charges after police said he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, tried to stuff her into the trunk of his car, and threatened to kill her.
Joaquin Torres, 26, was charged Friday with kidnapping, felony assault and simple assault. He was arraigned at District Court where bail was set at $75,000 with surety.
According to a police report, Torres dragged 24-year-old Amelia Quiles out of a co-worker's car outside 94 Silver Spring St. at about 6 a.m. Police said he punched the co-worker in the face as she tried to stop him.
Torres shoved Quiles into his car and drove off.
Police said Quiles fought Torres, who she said held a box cutter to her throat while they were driving on the highway, and also threatened to kill her.
At one point, police said Quiles grabbed the steering wheel and crashed the car into a curb on the Thurbers Avenue exit, blowing out a tire.
Police said Torres stuffed Quiles into the trunk, but she fought back and damaged the trunk so it couldn't close. Police said Torres forced her back into the car.
According to police, witnesses saw the struggle and called police.
According to police, Torres drove from the Thurbers Avenue exit to Roger Williams Park and was headed to the Temple to Music where he threatened to kill Quiles and then himself.
Cranston police, who were assisting Providence police searching the park area, located both Torres and Quiles inside of the car at the Temple to Music. Police said Torres was taken into custody without incident.
According to police, Torres cut himself several times with the box cutter before he was arrested.
According to police, they recovered a handwritten note by Quiles in the back seat of Torres's car. Police said Quiles was writing to her brother that she wanted him to have custody of her children because she believed she was going to die. Police said Quiles had three children with Torres.
Police said Quiles had swollen lips and bruising on her face from the assault.