Kidnapping suspect Stewart Weldon, whose Springfield home has been the site of a major investigation that is entering its third day, has a lengthy criminal history, dating back to 2002.
The 22News I-Team discovered he has been arrested twice in Westfield in 2015 and 2016, and at least a dozen times in Springfield since 2002.
According to court documents obtained by the I-Team, Weldon was sentenced to jail-time in July of 2010, after being charged with breaking and entering at night with the intention to commit a felony, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Weldon is accused of trying to break into a grocery store on Belmont Avenue, then allegedly sped away when police attempted to pull him over.
He has also been charged with unarmed robbery, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest. In one incident, he allegedly threatened to kill someone, then swung at police officers.
Over in Westfield, Weldon was charged with assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon in Westfield District Court in January of 2015.
In June of 2016, he was arraigned in Westfield District Court on multiple motor vehicle violations, including driving with a suspended license, driving a car with an expired inspection sticker, and an open container violation. He was only prosecuted for driving with a suspended license.
Just last year, Weldon was charged with several other crimes in Springfield, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, and multiple motor vehicle violations. According to the police report, officers had attempted to pull him over following an alleged assault on a woman. He reportedly sped off and at one point, tried to hit a police cruiser to get away.
When police eventually caught up to Weldon, he allegedly tried to reach for a knife during a struggle.
He posted his $1,000 bail following that incident and was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.
Weldon also has a child that’s not even a year old. Court documents show a judge modified his curfew in December of 2017, so he could be there for the birth of his child.