Police searching for suspect in New Milford kidnapping, home invasion
Updated 3:20 pm, Saturday, October 8, 2016
NEW MILFORD — Police are searching for the man they say was an accomplice in a kidnapping and home invasion that Christopher Valedon, 23, of Church Street, was charged with on Thursday.
Valedon was arrested at the New Milford police station. He went there to discuss an ongoing investigation, police said, unaware that police had obtained a warrant for his arrest. He is charged with first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the first degree and conspiracy to commit home invasion and is being held on $250,000 bond, police said.
According to the Republican-American, police say Valedon and others slashed two men with a box cutter after luring them to an apartment on Canterbury Court on Oct. 1. The report says that one of the victims owed the suspects $390 for drugs.
Once inside, the report said, one man was attacked and suffered a “severe and disfiguring” wound to his face and another victim was slashed on his back.
Police are searching for others involved, including Tyler Brown, for whom police have issued an arrest warrant. Police say that Brown, 23 of Lanesville Road in New Milford, faces the same charges as Valedon and is also suspected of stealing a firearm, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a pistol.
According to the Republican-American, a gunshot was fired in the apartment complex during the incident, which prompted neighbors to call police. The weapon, the report said, was stolen from the victim and is still missing.
Both Valedon and Brown have a history of drug arrests.
According to court records, Valedon was convicted in 2013 for sale of hallucinogens/narcotics and sentenced to a three years in prison. That same year, Brown was convicted of being an accessory to the sale of hallucinogens/narcotics and sentenced 18 months in prison.
In February, Valedon pleaded guilty to second degree threatening and in 2015 Brown pleaded guilty to violating his probation.
More arrest warrants are anticipated, police said.
Valedon is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bantam on Oct. 18.
Police ask anyone with further information about Brown or the missing firearm to call the New Milford Police Department at 860-355-3133.