Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Career criminal back to prison
Offered robbery loot to girlfriend in recorded jailhouse phone call
A 36-year-old man who began his criminal career when he was 18 years old has been sent back to prison for more than 17 years, after he admitted his most recent crimes, which occurred in Escondido last summer.
Torrence Andrew Williams admitted robbing the Check’n Go on West Mission Avenue on July 5, 2012. A witness was able to get cell phone video of the robber in his get-away-car, and police linked that vehicle to a residence in Vista. Deputies were waiting when the robber pulled up in a black Dodge Charger, but the driver failed to yield to officers and a pursuit began. The fleeing Charger ran a red light at the intersection of Bobier Drive and North Santa Fe Avenue, and crashed into a white Honda Pilot. Williams was taken into custody.
Officers recovered $934 cash from the man and the vehicle.
Two days after he was arrested, officials say they recorded one of his jailhouse phone calls: “On 7-7-2012, he called a female identified as (redacted) and stated he was going to give her some of the money he stole so she could get her car out of impound.” This information is from a sentencing report generated by the probation department, found in Williams’ court file.
In a plea deal signed last month, Williams admitted first degree robbery and burglary and felony evade officers. He admitted one prior strike conviction, and agreed to a sentence of 17 years plus 8 months in prison.
Torrence Andrew Williams’ prior offenses included stolen vehicles, multiple felony reckless driving to evade officers, and armed robberies. The crimes occurred in Oceanside and Vista and Escondido, and his convictions were in 1994 and 1996 and 2001.
Image: Torrence Andrew Williams, 36 years old. Photo by Nick Morris.