Mount Dora man arrested after being found at Dairy Queen with missing child, 2 others

MOUNT DORA, Fla. — A man is facing charges after investigators say they found him at Dairy Queen with three children who weren’t his.

Police responded to Spring Harbor Apartments in reference to a report of a missing child. Witnesses who were on scene told officers the child was last seen leaving the apartments in a vehicle with two friends and an unknown adult male.


A parent of the missing child made contact with their juvenile-aged child, who told parents that the three of them were in a Dairy Queen drive-thru with a guy from the apartments, police said.

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Officers responded to the site immediately and conducted a traffic stop. That’s when Nelson Torres, 61, was asked to stay in the vehicle while the three children were asked to leave the vehicle, police said.

The children told officers they did not know Torres, but that he offered them $50 to whoever could kick a ball the furthest, and also offered a ride to go get ice cream.

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Officers ran Nelson’s driver’s license and found out it was not valid. He was transported to Lake County Jail and is being charged with interference with child custody.

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