No, this is not a joke.
A local ABC affiliate has confirmed the FBI’s tweet, noting that the officer’s name is Gilberto Valle III. The NYPD officer, stationed in Harlem, had a “bizarre plan to kidnap his girlfriend, and possibly up to 100 other women, and cook them.”
A complaint about Valle was issued after a series of creepy online conversations, including one where he mentions how “tasty” his girlfriend looks. Other tidbits detail his “abudction” plans, coupled with talks about the size of his oven.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly released the following statement:
This is a bizarre case. We suspended the officer immediately upon his arrest, and a review is now underway to determine whether there was anything in his background that should have alerted the department to his alleged proclivities. I want to commend the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau detectives and FBI agents who worked jointly on this investigation.