By News-Register staff • 

Amity threats unfounded

Maria Del Pilar Torres-Rodriguez
Maria Del Pilar Torres-Rodriguez

McMinnville police, with assistance from Oregon and Washington law enforcement agencies, have determined that reported assaults and threats against an Amity family last July were unfounded.

As a result, Maria Del Pilar Torres-Rodriguez, 44, of Amity, was charged Tuesday with three counts of initiating a false police report, a Class A misdemeanor, according to Capt. Dennis Marks. She was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on $15,000, but posted the required 10 percent to secure her release.

Personnel from multiple agencies responded to a residence in the 100 block of Trade Street (Highway 99W) on July 30.

They initially were given information that an adult Latino male initiated a confrontation with Torres in the front yard of her residence. She reported that they struggled briefly until she used a firearm to inflict a serious injury to the male's lower left abdomen. The male then fled north on Highway 99W in a vehicle.

The investigation required that the highway be closed through a portion of Amity for about four hours.

This incident was reported as a continuation of assaults and threats upon Torres over several weeks prior to the July date. She and her husband reported these incidents on separate occasions to the Amity and McMinnville police departments and the Yamahill County Sheriff's Office.

There was a specific phone number which was used by the "suspect" to communicate threats to the Torres and other members of her family. These threats stopped after the July 30 incident.

The "suspect" was tentatively identified by the Torres and her spouse as a resident of Yakima, Washington. The reported suspect in Yakima fully cooperated with investigators and was determined to be uninvolved in these incidents.

Investigators eventually learned the "suspect" phone number was being used by Torres. Investigators found no independent corroboration for any of the reported assaults.

About a dozen agencies from Oregon and Washington combined efforts to bring the case to a close and make the arrest. In addition to Amity, McMinnville and Newberg police, those agencies included the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, the county's drug team (YCINT), District Attorney's Office, Oregon State Police, state Department of Justice, Portland Yakima police departments.

The Police Department is preparing a request for restitution through the District Attorney's Office for costs incurred during the investigation of these false reports. Marks said the amount is expected to be thousands of dollars.


I Am Darren Wilson

Restitution is a great idea but good luck collecting it. Wont happen.

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