Christopher Lemke was arrested last week, after police say he entered the home of a Newtown resident and kidnapped the unnamed victim.

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The victim reportedly was able to escape but authorities say Lemke took off after stealing the Newtown resident's car. That began a police pursuit that ended with Lemke in cuffs off of Exit 15 in Southbury.

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Now that Lemke is on everyone's radar, his criminal past is becoming a topic of conversation in the Greater-Danbury area and it's extensive. Thanks to a quick Google search, public records show Lemke has been convicted of an array of crimes in the past including disorderly conduct, carrying a pistol without a permit and alcohol related crimes.

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His list of arrests is even longer, and now the public wants to know what his tie is to the Reyes case, if any.

These cases touch so many towns and people in the Greater Danbury area. Lemke's Facebook page says he lives in Bethel and graduated from New Milford. The alleged kidnapping took place in Newtown and ended in Southbury. The Reyes case touches Danbury and Brewster.

The communities appear to be concerned, and for good reason.

The Danbury Police Department has not told the local media much, especially about Lemke's potential relation to the Reyes case because it is an ongoing investigation. I have reached out to my contacts with DPD and I expect we'll be updated when it makes sense for the authorities to do so.

Lemke faces the following charges in connection with the Newtown incident:

  • Illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle
  • Possession of a stolen firearm
  • Criminal possession of a pistol
  • Engaging police in pursuit
  • Reckless driving
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Possession of narcotics with intent to sell
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.

P.S. When I say the communities appear to be concerned and people want to know more, I can back that up with actual listeners from the Ethan and Lou radio show. The mail we've been getting indicates that people in the area are understandably interested and worried.

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