Friday, June 1, 2018

Stewart Weldon Springfield Kidnapping Case

Stewart Weldon Springfield Kidnapping Case --- ===

May 27, 2018 Stewart Weldon Springfield Kidnapping Case hastingstribune: Stewart Weldon was arrested Sunday May 27 after a car chase that ended when he crashed into a police cruiser and wrestled with officers.  A woman in Weldon's car said he held her captive for a month, sexually assaulted her and beat her with a hammer and other objects, police said. She was taken to the hospital with stab wounds to the abdomen and other injuries,[4]

On May 30, investigators started a a five-day search of the Weldon's residence, registered in his mother's name found remains of 3 women during  after Weldon's mother called 911 complaining about a rank odor. [2]  Weldon had not been charged in connection with the discovery of the bodies.   Investigators use radar to search Springfield property for bodies. Two had been reported missing. 47-year-old Ernestine Ryans was reported missing  March 18, 2018 - 10 days after her family last saw her. “She didn’t deserve for her life to end in the manner in which it did". Ludlow Police are unclear when Escalante vanished, but she was alive as late as mid-December when she filed a police report after getting into a verbal altercation with a relative. [1] 34-year-old America Lyden had been reported missing December 2017 and not been since June 2017. Both were from Springfield.  Police are not sure when  27-year-old Layla Escalante of Ludlow vanished  Police in Ludlow say she was alive as late as mid-December when she filed a police report after getting into a verbal altercation with her mother Laurie Higgins [1] who court records show , sought a restraining order against her that was granted  through December 2018. [2]  Escalante was a Catholic school student who played first base in a youth softball league  pictures and had pictures of her after giving birth to a baby girl in 2015.

Neighbors described Weldon as antisocial.  Stewart Weldon was also charged with kidnapping a second woman  but was not immediately charged in relation to the discovery of three bodies on his property Weldon pleaded not guilty during his appearance in Springfield District Court to chargesincluding outstanding warrants for assault and traffic violations[4]

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  1. [1]Let Justice Be Served': Families Mourn Loved Ones After Officials ID 3 Dead Bodies Found in Springfield Home Boston 10 url: https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Kidnapping-Suspect-Back-in-Court-Stewart-Weldon-Springfield-Massachusetts-Bodies-Discovered-at-Home-484470731.html Two of the women had been the subjects of missing-person reports authors: Staff and Wire Reports date: Jun 4, 2018
  2. [2]Bodies found at Page Boulevard home of Stewart Weldon identified as ... url: www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/page_boulevard_bodies_identifi.html date: June 4, 2018 SPRINGFIELD -- America Lyden disappeared last summer -- and in .... Lyden also used the name America Canales, followed a Facebook post ... America Lyden disappeared last summer -- and in December, her sister put out a plea on Facebook: "She is MISSING and could be in DANGER." Ernestine Ryans disappeared it was her sister, too, who raised the alarm, writing a Facebook post in March Kayla Escalante, meanwhile, wears a hospital gown and holds a baby girl in a Facebook photo from December 2015. Weldon has not been charged in connection with the bodies.  Springfield police arrested Weldon, 40, on May 27 after he was pulled over for a broken taillight Escalante was a Catholic school student who played first base in a youth softball league pictures of her immediately after giving birth to a baby girl in late 2015. divorce father, Michael Escalante, said he had little contact with his daughter over the past eight years. .. person who reported her missing stated that Ms. Ryans had not been seen by family since March 8th, 2018," 
  3. [4]Massachusetts Man Faces New Kidnapping Charges as Bodies of 3 Women Are Identified  New York Times June 4, 2018 By Christine Hauser url: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/us/stewart-weldon-massachusetts-bodies.html  Matthew Jacques Fleischner, Mr. Weldon’s lawyer, could not be reached for comment. Mr. Weldon’s total bail has now reached $2 million.

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  • antisocial  Neighbors described Weldon as antisocial.
  • attacked police: crashed into a police cruiser and wrestled with police “He put forward a very violent struggle before his arrest
  • black male suspect
  • bodies were found "in and around" the Springfield home bodies were discovered on May 31, 2018. It’s not yet clear who the people are or how they died. Bodies were found in the garage and basement Weldon’s mother called police to report a “foul odor” at the home,
  • criminal record: Weldon had three active warrants and a revoked driver’s license at the time of his arrest, Previous charges against him include burglary, weapons offenses, and assault. (heavy)
  • kidnapping woman told police that Weldon “had been holding her against her will for a month, raping and beating her,” and he was arrested  described her injuries as “grotesque and violent” and reported that they included a “possible fractured jaw, stab wounds to her abdomen, marks from being hit with a blunt object and a leg infection.” 
  • knife Weldon had two knives in his possession when he was arrested and fought with the officers.
  • radar to search Springfield property for bodies
  • traffic stop: police stopped Weldon on a Sunday night for a broken taillight, they found a woman in his car


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Prosecutor: 3 bodies at home of man facing kidnapping charge ...
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 Stewart Weldon, who was arrested Sunday after a car chase that ended when he crashed into a police cruiser and wrestled with officers, "does, ...

Third body found at Page Boulevard home of Stewart Weldon ...

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21 hours agoStewart Weldon, arrested earlier this week on rape and kidnapping charges, is a ... He has not been charged ...


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1 day ago - The bodies of two suspected homicide victims were found last night in the home of Springfield's Stewart Weldon, who is already facing charges ...

3 bodies found at home of Stewart Weldon, suspect in a kidnapping ...
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20 hours ago - Springfield, Massachusetts, police found three bodies at the home of a ... Stewart Weldon's residence, registered in his mother's name, where ...

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By Robert Rizzuto | rrizzuto@repub.com | Posted May 31, 2018 at 01:07 PM | Updated ... Stewart Weldon, 40, pleaded not guilty on May 29, 2018 in ... May 31, 2018 investigating the discovery of bodiesat 1333 Page Boulevard -- the same ...

3 Bodies Found in the Home of Man Charged With Kidnapping | Time
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Springfield kidnapping suspect was arrested three times in 2017 - The ...
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/06/01/springfield...suspect.../story.html4 hours ago - Investigators use radar to search Springfield property where bodies were ... three days after a resident of the home, Stewart R. Weldon, 40, was ...

Stewart Weldon: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com
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13 hours ago - Stewart Weldon, of Springfield, Massachusetts, is accused of rape and kidnapping and
now authorities say they found three bodies on the ...


3 women identified as 'suspicious' bodies found at kidnapping ...
https://abcnews.go.com/...identified-suspicious-bodies-found-kidnapping-suspects.../stor...2 hours ago - The three victims found dead at a suspected kidnapper's home in Springfield, Massachusetts, last week were all women, officials said Monday.

Bodies of three women found at home of Springfield kidnapping ...
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/06/.../springfield-kidnap-suspect.../story.html3 hours ago - Authorities on Monday identified the three women whose bodies were found last week at the Springfield home of a man currently being held on ...

Bodies found in kidnapping suspect's home included missing women
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Authorities have identified three bodies found at the Massachusetts home of a kidnapping suspect. Hampden District ...all three were women, and two had been reported missing. He identified them as 47-year-old Ernestine Ryans and 34-year-old America Lyden, both of Springfield, and 27-year-old Layla Escalante of Ludlow.

He said the medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of the deaths but called them “suspicious.”

Springfield Kidnapping Suspect Living Where 3 Bodies Found Faces ...
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Massachusetts kidnapping suspect who lives in a home where three ... Show Large Holes Behind Springfield Home Where Bodies Found.

3 dead bodies found in kidnapping suspect's home identified
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The three dead people found at the home of a kidnapping

Bodies found in home of 'madman' after he's pulled over for taillight Police found three bodies at the home of a man charged with kidnapping a woman in Massachusetts — after investigators outside were met with a “miserable stench” emanating from the residence, authorities said.


What we know about the women whose bodies were found in Stewart ...
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/06/05/what-know...found.../story.html21 hours ago - The bodies of the three women were found last week in the ... reported missing in December and leaves her daughter, 17-year-old Taje Rivera.

Loved ones recall Springfield women whose bodies were found last ...
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/06/05/authorities...home.../story.html16 hours ago - When authorities announced last week they had found three bodies in Springfield, Taje Rivera said she instantly feared that her mother might ...

The 3 bodies found at a Springfield home have been identified. Heres ...
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Bodies found in kidnapping suspects Springfield home identified ... had found three bodies in Springfield, Taje Rivera said she instantly feared ...Authorities have identified the three women as Ernestine Ryans, 47, and America Lyden, 34, both of Springfield, and Kayla Escalante, 27, of Ludlow. Lyden, who also went by America Canales, was reported missing, her friends and family hadn’t seen her in approximately six months, according to police.


America Lyden, also known as America Canales not seen since June 2017 reported missing December 207  Springfield Police searching for missing woman - WWLP Dec 26, 2017 - Springfield Police searching for missing woman ...  33-year-old America Lyden, also known as America Canales, was reported missing this month, but has not been in contact with her family since June.  America is described as being 4'11" tall, 95 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.


Bodies found at Page Boulevard home of Stewart Weldon identified as ...
www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/page_boulevard_bodies_identifi.html  SPRINGFIELD -- America Lyden disappeared last summer -- and in .... Lyden also used the name America Canales, followed a Facebook post ... America Lyden disappeared last summer -- and in December, her sister put out a plea on Facebook: "She is MISSING and could be in DANGER." Ernestine Ryans disappeared it was her sister, too, who raised the alarm, writing a Facebook post in March Kayla Escalante, meanwhile, wears a hospital gown and holds a baby girl in a Facebook photo from December 2015. Weldon has not been charged in connection with the bodies. Investigators recovered the women's remains during a five-day search of the property in a busy city neighborhood that began on the evening of May 30. Police descended on the house after Weldon's mother called 911, reporting a rank odor. Springfield police arrested Weldon, 40, on May 27 after he was pulled over for a broken taillight  Escalante was a Catholic school student who played first base in a youth softball league  pictures of her immediately after giving birth to a baby girl in late 2015. Court records show Escalante's mother, Laurie Higgins, sought a restraining order against her that was granted by a judge through December 2018. divorce father, Michael Escalante, said he had little contact with his daughter over the past eight years. .. person who reported her missing stated that Ms. Ryans had not been seen by family since March 8th, 2018," 


Let Justice Be Served': Families Mourn Loved Ones After Officials ID 3 Dead Bodies Found in Springfield Home Boston 10  Two of the women had been the subjects of missing-person reports
By Staff and Wire Reports  Jun 4, 2018 Family members say Ryans had been missing since March. She was reported missing on March 18, 2018 - 10 days after her family last saw her.  “She didn’t deserve for her life to end in the manner in which it did,"  unclear when Escalante vanished. Police in Ludlow say she was alive as late as mid-December when she filed a police report after getting into a verbal altercation with a relative.


Before kidnapping charges, Stewart Weldon cast a long shadow in Springfield  'You're not going anywhere,' he told her  SPRINGFIELD — The woman was limping as she walked home through the South End of Springfield. It was late at night in February, and she was alone. She was short, thin, and tired.  A black car pulled up beside her, and the man inside asked if she needed a ride. “Am I safe?” she said she asked. She had lived a hard life. Don’t worry about it, he told her.Read more. Boston Globe


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