Springfield Police Department
Three dead bodies were found in the home of 40-year-old Stewart Weldon of Springfield, MA, after he was stopped on May 27 for a broken taillight. The man allegedly crashed into a police cruiser after law enforcement chased him for a short period of time when he refused to pull over. A woman, who was in the car at the time, allegedly claimed to police that this man held her against her will for about a month, physically assaulted her, and raped her.
According to charging documents obtained by People, the man struggled with police as he was put in handcuffs and arrested on charges of armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury, threat to commit a crime, resisting arrest, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, carrying a dangerous weapon, and failing to stop for police. He is being held on a $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to the charges against him.
New developments in the case came to light on May 31 after police found the three dead bodies in his home. The Hampden District Attorney, Anthony Gulluni, told reporters at a press conference, "I am now confirming that a third body was recovered." He said the alleged victims — whose ages, identities, and genders have not been released — were found "in and around" Weldon's home.
"Stewart Weldon, who was arrested on May 27 by the Springfield Police Department, does, we believe, live at this address," Gulluni explained. "That is the extent of the connections we are willing to say at this point."
Weldon has not yet been charged with anything related to the bodies. And although they were found near and on his residence, Gulluni did not say that he was a suspect in that specific case.
As for the woman found in the vehicle, she was treated at Baystate Medical hospital for a possible fractured jaw, stab wounds to her abdomen, a leg infection, and wounds inflicted with a blunt object, according to MassLive.com. "Thank you for saving my life," she told police. "I never thought I would get away."