SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police have arrested a woman who allegedly assaulted a college student because she was upset about pictures being taken near a children’s water park. Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Victoria M. Torres, 32, of Springfield was arrested following the incident at Van Horn Park Tuesday evening.
According to Delaney, the victim, a 22 year-old student, was taking pictures for a photography class project. She told police that as she was taking pictures near the splash park, she was confronted by an angry woman (later identified as Torres) who demanded she delete any pictures in her camera of her children. Trying to avoid a confrontation, Delaney says the student tried to walk out of the park, when Torres allegedly punched her twice in the face, grabbed her by the hair, and pulled her to the ground.
While the victim was on the ground, Delaney says Torres stomped on her face, and tried to grab her camera, which is worth about $4,000. The victim managed to hold on to the camera and called police, but Torres was nowhere to be seen.
Police found her on Beauchamp Street and arrested her. Delaney says the victim confirmed she was her attacker.
Torres is charged with assault with intent to rob, assault and battery, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (shod foot). She was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.