Authorities in Panama arrested the Texas boyfriend of a DJ who was discovered strangled to demise and stuffed in a suitcase that was deserted in a dumpster within the Colombian capital metropolis of Bogotá.
John Poulos, 35, was taken into custody Tuesday whereas he was making an attempt to board a flight to a different nation at an airport in Panama, based on a number of media shops in Colombia.
His arrest comes simply two days after a homeless man looking for recyclables within the south facet of Bogotá found a blue suitcase with the physique of Valentina Trespalacios, 23.
Poulos is awaiting extradition to Colombia, the place he will probably be charged with femicide, based on El Espectador newspaper.
John Poulos (pictured) was taken into custody in Panama on Tuesday moments earlier than he was about to board a flight. The 35-year-old from Texas is needed in Colombia for the homicide of his DJ girlfriend, Valentina Trespalacios, within the Colombian capital of Bogotá
John Poulos (left) had plans of dwelling in Colombia full time and marrying his DJ girlfriend, Valentina Trespalacios (proper)
Valentina Trespalacios (pictured) was courting her boyfriend John Poulos for eight months
Trespalacios and Poulos have been courting for eight months after the couple met at an occasion Trespalacios had been employed to carry out.
On Friday, she modified residence and moved into a house Poulos had rented within the northern facet of the capital the place they had been anticipated to reside collectively as they had been within the early levels of planning to get married.
The couple spent the weekend eating and partying, and deliberate to go to her mom’s house earlier than all of it led to tragedy.
An post-mortem report indicated that Trespalacios was strangled with a rope and that her physique was bruised.
Her household has referred to as on the Colombian authorities to hold out a world seek for Poulos, whom they imagine is answerable for Trespalacios’ demise.
As of Tuesday night, the Colombian Nationwide Police was nonetheless canvassing the house the place the couple had moved into and in addition looking for the 2021 Volkswagen Voyager that Poulos had rented after arriving from the USA.
A spokesperson with Colombian Nationwide Police informed DailyMail.com that investigators had been analyzing a surveillance video that exhibits a person tossing the suitcase inside the development dumpster within the Bogotá neighborhood of Los Cámbulos earlier than he disappeared.
Authorities have but to establish the individual within the footage, which had not been made public as of Tuesday afternoon.
Valentina Trespalacios had alternatives to DJ in Chile, México and Brazil, her household mentioned
John Poulos (picutured) fled Sunday on a flight from Colombia to Panama on Sunday. He was arrested there Tuesday and is now ready to be extradited to Colombia to face costs for the femicide of his girlfriend, Valentina Trespalacios, who was discovered lifeless Sunday inside a suitcase that was deserted in a dumpster within the Colombian capital metropolis of Bogotá
Colombia’s migration company confirmed Monday that Poulos had fled the nation for Panama on Sunday, simply hours after Trespalacios’ physique was found.
The couple attended Sahara nightclub in Bogotá and the rideshare app driver who drove the couple there informed Caracol TV that he sensed Trespalacios was in hassle when she confirmed him a message on the corporate app that mentioned, ‘Assist, I’m at risk.’
The driving force, whose title was not revealed by the outlet, mentioned that Trespalacios began making hand gestures and Poulos arrived on the automobile and requested if the whole lot was okay together with her earlier than she replied sure thrice.
The couple bought into the automobile and Poulos requested if he spoke English. The person replied that he did and added that Poulos remained quiet all the journey. He mentioned that Poulos and Trespalacios had been exchanging messages on WhatsApp. He dropped them off at a membership at 3:48 am.
On Friday, Valentina Trespalacios despatched a video to her mom, Laura Hidalgo, exhibiting the couple listening to music in a automobile pushed by Poulos.
Throughout the recording, Trespalacios goals the cellphone digicam towards the again of the automobile and tells her mom that she had loaded all of her belongings and that she was going to go to her house Saturday.
Hidalgo informed RCN Noticias that her daughter was going to maneuver into an condo with Poulos.
An post-mortem report confirmed that Colombian DJ Valentina Trespalacios was strangled
A homeless man was looking by a waster container within the Bogotá neighborhood of Los Cámbulos when he found the suitcase with Valentina Trespalacios’ physique
In an interview with Caracol TV, Hidalgo mentioned that Poulos met Trespalacios at a celebration she was employed to play music at and that he deliberate to maneuver to Colombia and marry her.
‘He had good intentions, he met us, her brothers, he had the intention of getting married, making a life right here in Colombia together with her, investing in Colombia,’ Hidalgo mentioned. ‘He supposedly got here all the best way to Colombia, I do not know what occurred.’
In accordance with a not too long ago deleted LinkedIn web page, Poulos was employed as a monetary advisor by Vanguard in 2022.
A not too long ago deleted LinkedIn account for John Poulos confirmed that he had been working for Vanguard as monetary advisor since 2022
Colombian DJ Valentina Trespalacios was discovered lifeless Sunday in a suitcase that was left in a dumpster in Bogotá
The distraught mom described Poulos as somebody who ‘did not come off as an aggressive individual, he appeared calm, very calm.’
Nevertheless, she famous that he had grow to be jealous of Trespalacios.
‘He grew to become very obsessive about my daughter and he was a bit of jealous. He had an argument in December with my daughter and it was out of jealousy, as a result of my daughter had many suitors as a result of she was very lovely.’
Trespalacios’ household mentioned Poulos had deleted his social media pages and broke off all traces of communication with them.
Her uncle, Carlos Trespalacios, informed Blu Radio that the couple seemed to be having time as evidenced by the photographs that she shared of them smiling on her WhatsApp standing feed.
‘She was in a suitcase, dismembered with the pajamas during which she often slept and we’re asking the authorities to hurry up this half,’ he mentioned.
‘She went out to social gathering together with her American fiancé on Friday and Saturday, a lot in order that she shared WhatsApp messages whereas on the nightclub. There is no such thing as a doubt that they had been (hanging out), so we would like him to seem, to indicate face, to present us his model, to inform us the place he left her, what occurred to her?’
Daniel Felipe Trespalacios recalled speaking along with his sister whereas she spent her first evening on the condo.
The 13-year-old boy informed Caracol TV that their mom sensed one thing was not proper when his sister texted her, ‘Mommy, life shouldn’t be simple, the whole lot has a value.’
‘My mother took it because the man handled her badly or one thing and informed her ‘daughter, you do not want that, you needn’t give us extra, you already give us so much,” he mentioned.
Daniel Felipe Trespalacios mentioned the household had nothing however heat emotions about Poulos and by no means anticipated him to be concerned in his sister’s homicide.
‘He had already gone to Mexico with my sister,’ he mentioned. ‘We didn’t mistrust him as a result of it appeared to us that too many issues had occurred to trigger us to mistrust. If he beloved her as they are saying, he could be the primary to be right here exhibiting his face to see what is going on with my sister.’