Brother of suspect in Fairfield Prep student's killing arrested on breach of peace charge

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Police said Raul Valle, 18, was served with an arrest warrant charging him with second-degree breach of peace, a misdemeanor, on Jan. 19, 2023.

Police said Raul Valle, 18, was served with an arrest warrant charging him with second-degree breach of peace, a misdemeanor, on Jan. 19, 2023.

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SHELTON — The older brother of the suspect in the stabbing death of Fairfield Prep student James McGrath was arrested Thursday, according to police.

In a prepared statement, Shelton Police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said Raul Valle, 18, was served with an arrest warrant charging him with second-degree breach of peace, a misdemeanor.

Kozlowsky said the breach of peace charge relates to an incident reported Jan. 3. Police did not offer further details.

Valle is expected to appear at Superior Court in Derby Friday. His younger brother, 17, whose first name is also Raul, was charged with McGrath’s death the night of May 14 at a Laurel Glen Drive home. 

The older Valle's arrest comes a day after he appeared before a judge at Milford Superior Court as a respondent to a request for a civil protection order filed by a Shelton woman.

In an affidavit accompanying her application for the protective orders, the 33-year-old woman said that her relative had “been in an abusive relationship” with Valle.

The affidavit says that on May 15, 2022 — the day after Valle’s brother allegedly killed McGrath — the 18-year-old Valle “became physical” with the woman’s relative.  

The woman says she and another person went to the location of the relative, which was not specified in the affidavit, where she said Valle then threatened to kill her while banging on a patio railing as she was “removing" the relative from the situation. 

The affidavit also said that Valle has repeatedly told the woman’s relative “that he hates me and wants to harm me.” She said that on Jan. 3, after an argument between the couple, Valle reached out to her on Instagram saying he would beat her husband “like a little kid” and made a reference to their daughter dying.

Valle and his father declined to comment on the case while leaving the courthouse after the hearing, which a judge continued to Feb. 1 so Valle could return with a lawyer representing him.

Ethan.Fry@hearstmediact.com