Courthouse confusion allows dangerous convict to walk free - FOX 13 News

Courthouse confusion allows dangerous convict to walk free

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Federal authorities offered a $3,000 reward Friday for information leading to the arrest of a convicted drug dealer who is on the run after he walked out a federal courtroom just moments after a judge ordered him taken into custody for allegedly threatening to kill an informant in the case against him.

It was a routine drug case that took a twist Sunday night when the Feds say they learned the suspect made death threats against a witness in the case against him.

Ignacio Torres, 32, is the man the DEA and U.S. Marshals are looking for at this hour.

The manhunt started Tuesday when Torres walked out of the Dirksen Federal Building after a court appearance. His bond had just been revoked for threatening to kill a person identified in court papers as a "snitch" who had provided information that led to Torres' indictment for selling cocaine.

Because of the threat, a judge ordered Torres detained pending sentencing. But what followed is not exactly clear.

There are indications Torres may have been given time after court to say goodbye to his family. But in some apparent confusion between the Marshals and Pretrial service personnel, no one kept an eye on Torres and he just walked out the front doors and fled.

On Wednesday, authorities returned to Torres' parents' home looking for him. He was not there.

On Tuesday, the Feds descended on the same home in force armed with an arrest warrant. It was one of several places targeted in the search, which still continues.

While Torres remains on the loose, a source tells FOX 32 the informant is in protective custody because of the death threats.

Earlier, there were indications that the Feds expected to have Torres in custody, but it's not clear how those leads have panned out.

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