As we look through Stewart Weldon’s lengthy criminal history, some question how a career criminal could be allowed to walk the streets.
Western Mass News gathered more information on the conditions of his release, and the trail of cases that led up to the investigation on Page Boulevard in Springfield.
Weldon has more than twenty cases that appeared on court dockets that revealed his criminal history began back in 1997 in New Jersey.
His first offense was unlawful possession of rifles and shotguns, and a few years later for breaking and entering.
Weldon then transitioned into the Massachusetts court system where he faced weapons charges as well as breaking and entering for felony unarmed robbery.
In Westfield he was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.
More recently he faced motor vehicle charges and a failure to stop for police.
This all before his arrest on Sunday for kidnapping with serious bodily injury.
Before this week, Weldon had three open cases.
Western Mass News spoke to the Massachusetts Probation Service for more details.
They said Weldon was not on probation. Instead, he was placed on pre-trial conditions of release.
His 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, but 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.
He is not only facing his most recent kidnapping charges, but also three other motor vehicle charges.
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