Marshals: Alleged West York kidnapper captured
A West York man who police say tried to kidnap a woman has been captured, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Service's Fugitive Task Force tracked Isaiah Shawn Valenti to the 100 block of North West Street in York City the morning of Tuesday, June 11, according to a marshals service news release.
Valenti, 31, fled into a nearby home and refused to come out, but was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. and turned over to York City Police, the news release states.
Valenti is facing new charges as well, for allegedly fleeing police on Memorial Day.
On Monday, June 10, York City Police filed charges alleging Valenti stole a woman's car May 27 and fled from police in it. He then ditched the car and ran away on foot with a stolen handgun, police allege.
As he fled, Valenti threatened to hurt officers and prosecutors handling other criminal cases involving Valenti, police said.
Five different sets of charges have been filed against Valenti in York County since February.
Court documents allege a woman let Valenti use her Ford Fusion about 5 a.m. May 27, but he refused to return the vehicle.
Valenti was spotted by an officer about 10 a.m. that day and took off, charging documents state.
Police said he also took the woman's handgun, which was in the car.
A camera in the car recorded Valenti making comments that he would hurt officers and prosecutors in his cases, court documents state.
Valenti is a convicted felon and as such, is prohibited by law from owning or even handling firearms, according to police.
For that incident, Valenti faces a felony-level charge of being a convicted felon in illegal gun possession, as well as misdemeanor charges of making terroristic threats, unauthorized use of a vehicle and fleeing police.
Alleged carjacking: York City Police also allege Valenti carjacked and assaulted a woman outside the M&M Lounge on Maryland Avenue about 2 a.m. May 26.
He punched the woman and threatened to kill her as he robbed her of her vehicle, court documents state.
Officer Derek Hartman, spokesman for York City Police, said the car was recovered that evening.
For the alleged carjacking, Valenti will be charged with the felony of robbery of a motor vehicle and the misdemeanor charge of making terroristic threats.
Kidnap allegations: West York Police said Valenti kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend's apartment about 6 a.m. March 30 and forced her outside to his car.
He allegedly threatened to shoot his ex's cousin, who was in the apartment and tried to intervene.
The ex-girlfriend's two children, ages 5 and 8, were in the home at the time, court documents allege.
The woman escaped when Valenti saw officers in the area and took off, police have said.
Valenti absconded from state parole supervision as of March 6, according to the marshals service news release.
He also is being charged with simple assault for a York City incident from February and being charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for a March incident in West York, police said.
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