Springfield Police stopped a vehicle when they noticed a broken tail light, but their traffic stop ultimately led to the arrest of a kidnapper.
On May 27, the officer pulled over Stewart Weldon to inform him about his tail light. Police reports indicate that the suspect initially attempted to flee. Ultimately, he collided with a police cruiser before being forcefully handcuffed. Authorities found a distraught woman was inside the vehicle. When separated from Weldon, the female passenger begged the police to save her. She told police that she feared for her life.
Police were informed that Weldon had held the woman captive for over a month, sexually assaulted her and physically abused her.
In response, authorities detained Weldon under the suspicion of kidnapping, carrying a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime. Investigators decided to search the suspect’s home while he was in custody, and they were disturbed when they found three dead bodies there. In addition, a child was present in the home. The Department of Children and Families took emergency custody over the minor and removed him from the horrifying situation.
The victim in the vehicle was immediately transported to a local hospital after being interviewed by the police. She was suffering from stab wounds to the stomach, a fractured jaw, an infection on her leg and injuries from a blunt object.
Weldon is being held on a $1 million bond, but he hasn’t yet been charged in connection with the deaths of the individuals found around his home. The Associated Press discovered the suspects past record included criminal offenses in Massachusetts including breaking and entering, assault and battery and robbery.