Report: Dad accused of stabbing wife, abducting kid is ex-cop
Diomedes Valenzuela — arrested following a statewide search Tuesday after he allegedly stabbed a woman and abducted their 3-year-old daughter — is a former police officer who worked in Irvington, according to an NJ Advanced Media report.
The 47-year-old old New York City resident lost his badge and was banned for life from public jobs in 2003 in connection with his arrest of a taxi driver in 2001, according to the report. It cited Star-Ledger stories at the time saying he'd been suspended in November of that year and accused of assault and misconduct.
Those charges were later dropped, but he was eventually found guilty of filing false police reports in connection with the incident in an apparent effort to cover up an unauthorized side job, the report said.
An Amber Alert was issued late Tuesday afternoon after Valenzuela allegedly stabbed his wife in the Bronx and took their 3-year-old daughter Rebecca. He was stopped and arrested on the Garden State Parkway in Clifton by a New Jersey State Trooper, police have said.
The girl was unharmed, according to State Police. Her mother was taken to an area hospital.