Man Pleads Guilty to Charge in Meriden Carjacking Case

A New Haven man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge filed in a carjacking case. 

Kyle Valentine, 25, of New Haven, is accused of carjacking two men from out of state on Jan. 1. 

Federal authorities said the victims were driving a rented 2015 Volkswagen Passat near Hobart Street and Myrtle Street in Meriden when they stopped to ask Valentine for directions to a gas station. 

He told the victims to follow his car and they did until Valentine stopped after a few minutes. That’s when another person pointed a handgun at one of the victims who was sitting in the passenger seat of the car, opened the door and said, “I want everything,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office. 

The victims got out of the car and Valentine and the other person stole their wallets and cell phones and drove away in the Passat, according to federal authorities, 

Valentine pleaded guilty to one count of taking a motor vehicle from a person by force and violence or by intimidation and is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on Nov, 2.

He is being held until sentencing.

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