An NYPD officer faces federal kidnapping conspiracy charges in a plot to abduct, cook and "eat body parts" of at least two women, court records show.
The officer, identified in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court as Gilberto Valle, 28, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home in Forest Hills.
Valle, who police officials said worked as a patrol officer in the 26th Precinct in Harlem, was charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and faces life in prison. He also was charged with intentionally and knowingly accessing a computer without authorization.
Paul Browne, an NYPD spokesman, said that Valle was suspended without pay upon his arrest. He said Valle was a six-year veteran of the force.
"Gilberto Valle's alleged plans to kidnap women so that they could be raped, tortured, killed, cooked, and cannibalized shock the conscience," said Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan.
The bizarre case, dubbed that of the "cannibal cop," started when Valle's estranged wife found pornography and strange files on his computer and contacted the FBI when the couple separated, said a senior law enforcement official who didn't want to be named.
FBI agents and police internal affairs investigators several months ago seized Valle's personal computer, the official said. Valle appeared to be a member of a "strange fetish chat room," the official said.