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Vial of baby oil brought bomb squad to O.C. crash site

January 24, 2012 |  8:55 am

Authorities have arrested a man they say plowed his car into two buildings in Orange County on Monday evening and identified the mysterious substance he allegedly left at the first crash site.

Around 7:30 p.m., a green SUV crashed through the front doors of a social services building at 800 N. Eckhoff Street in Orange. Witnesses said the driver got out, left a package in the doorway and drove away.

The building was evacuated while a bomb squad inspected what authorities described as a small vial of clear liquid.

Later that evening, he said, the same SUV drove through the doors of another building, this time a business called Carquest Auto Parts at 340 Collins Ave., also in Orange.

This time, witnesses managed to get a license plate number.

Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, said the suspect, 36-year-old Jesus Torres, was sitting in his car outside his house in Orange when officers arrived.

"The motive is still under investigation," Amormino said.

He said Torres would be charged with burglary, vandalism and "facsimile of a weapon of mass destruction."

The mysterious liquid turned out to be baby oil.


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Photo: The caution tape is in place the morning after a 36-year-old man drove a sport utility vehicle into an Orange County Social Services facility in the 800 block of Eckhoff Street in Orange. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times