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Man facing kidnapping charges has several prior arrests

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Court documents reveal Stewart Weldon has a long criminal history in western Massachusetts.

As details come out of press conferences with Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, we’ve done our own digging and we’ve learned more about Weldon’s history and how his family is taking the news.

“It’s really upset our whole family.  We’re really shocked," said Theresa Jenkins, Weldon's aunt.

In an exclusive interview with Western Mass News, Jenkins said that the news about her nephew, Stewart Weldon, has created conflict in her family.

“Some of us have the last name still, Weldon, and it affects their jobs and it’s just hurting us," Jenkins added.

Jenkins said Weldon is her maiden name and added that she hasn’t seen her nephew in the two years since he moved from her apartment building in Westfield to Springfield.

Most recently, Weldon was living at 1333 Page Boulevard.  However, according to public records, he’s lived on Euclid Avenue and White Street in Springfield.

Weldon was well-known to the Westfield Police Department, where he’d been arrested four times since 2012 - two were for crimes: one was a motor vehicle citation and the other was a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to court documents obtained by Western Mass News, Weldon has been charged at least 19 times with charges such as robbery, breaking and entering, disorderly conduct, and assault with a dangerous weapon.

These court records also show that the woman who was in the car with Weldon on Sunday when police arrested him on multiple charges including kidnapping - that woman is the mother of his child.

This is based on a motion for permission to travel in December 2017, when Weldon requested to visit the woman when she gave birth.

Before this week. Weldon had three open cases.

Western Mass News talked to the Massachusetts Probation Service for more details.

They said that Weldon was not on probation.  Instead, he was placed on pre-trial conditions of release.

Weldon's conditions included home confinement with GPS monitoring and he was banned from using a motor vehicle.

We learned that Weldon was ordered to meet his probation officer at court on February 12.  He never showed up and a warrant was issued.

Weldon was on 'warrant status' at the time of his arrest on Sunday.

Weldon is now due back in court on June 29.

“We just can’t believe it because he does have a kind heart, he really does, when he’s, you know, Stewart," Jenkins added.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

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