New Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Carjacking Offense
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KYLE VALENTINE, 25, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert A. Richardson in Hartford to a federal carjacking offense.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 1, 2016, two men from out of state who were driving a rented 2015 Volkswagen Passat were victims of an armed carjacking in the vicinity of Hobart Street and Myrtle Street in Meriden. The victims reported that they had stopped to ask an individual, later identified as VALENTINE, for directions to a gas station. VALENTINE told the victims to follow his car, which they did. After traveling a few minutes, VALENTINE’s car stopped and another individual pointed a handgun at one of the victims who was sitting in the passenger seat of the car, opened the door and stated “I want everything.” The victims exited the car and VALENTINE and the other individual stole their wallets and cell phones and then drove away in the Passat.
VALENTINE pleaded guilty to one count of taking a motor vehicle from a person by force and violence or by intimidation, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on November 2, 2016.
VALENTINE is detained pending sentencing.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the East Haven, Meriden, Milford and New Haven Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.