NEW YORK â€” A city police officer was charged Thursday with plotting to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women he had identified and catalogued on his computer, and then cook and eat their body parts.
Gilberto Valle sent numerous emails and other Internet communications about the ghoulish torture and cannibalism scheme, according to a criminal complaint. There was no information that any women harmed.
“I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus … cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible,” Valle allegedly wrote in one online exchange in July, the complaint says.
The officer was to appear later Thursday in federal court in Manhattan to face kidnapping charges. The name of his attorney was not immediately available.
A search of Valle’s computer found he created records of at least 100 women with their names, addresses and photos, the complaint says. Some of the information came from his unauthorized use of a law enforcement database, authorities said.
“The allegations in the complaint really need no description from us,” said Mary E. Galligan, acting head of the FBI’s New York office. “They speak for themselves. It would be an understatement merely to say Valle’s own words and actions were shocking.”
There was no immediate response to a message left with the NYPD on Thursday.
Valle met one potential victim over lunch, authorities said.
The complaint alleges that in February, Valle negotiated to kidnap another woman for someone else, writing, “$5,000 and she’s all yours.”
It says he added: “I will really get off on knocking her out, tying up her hands and bare feet and gagging her. Then she will be stuffed into a large piece of luggage and wheeled out to my van.”
Cellphone data revealed that Valle made calls on the block where the woman lives in March, the complaint says. An FBI agent interviewed the woman, who told them that she didn’t know him well and was never in her home.
Valle, 28, lives in Queens. He had been assigned to a Manhattan precinct before his suspension on Wednesday.