At around 2:30 p.m. this Thursday, the Colombian National Police plane left Bogotá that from the Military Transport Air Command (Catam) carried General Carlos Triana, director of the Metropolitan Police, and the director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol, General Olga Salazar, to pick up the main suspect in the murder of the DJ Valentina Trespalacios Hidalgo.
According to the arrest warrant issued by the 24th Municipal Criminal Court, John Poulos is “the alleged perpetrator of causing the violent death of Valentina Trespalacios, who was found in a blue travel suitcase inside a garbage container in the town of Fontibón”, indicates the court order.
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In the same way, the document with which the US citizen is expected to be officially captured once he lands in Colombia, says that He is wanted for the crimes of aggravated femicide in competition with the crime of concealment, alteration and destruction of evidence.
The Metropolitan Police assured that with the arrest warrant issued by a guarantee control court John Poulos expected to be booked with Interpol memowhich allows it to be sent to the country so that it responds to justice and I explained What were the circumstances in which the young Trespalacios died during the weekend she was with him.
Experts consulted by this newspaper say that The penalties that the man could face if found guilty of the death of the young artist could exceed 40 years in prisontaking into account that he not only committed the homicide, but also carried out actions to alter the evidence and the crime scene, in addition to having tried to flee through different countries in the region.
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After the Investigative Unit of EL TIEMPO revealed that the man had left the country on an emergency trip, one day after the body of Trespalacios was found, it was learned that his destination was Panama, where He was captured thanks to an immigration alert. But the journey did not end there. Poulos had planned to reach Istanbul, in Turkey, and then travel as a final destination to Montenegro, in southwestern Europe.
However, although the authorities managed to arrest the man in Panama, he still The reasons that would have led him to choose said destinations are a matter of investigation. to establish his escape route or what kind of connections he would have in these places. According to his migratory record, the man has constant trips to Turkey, Larnaca and Pafos, in Cyprus, Russia and other South American countries.
Intelligence information revealed that Poulos was engaged in financial work with cryptocurrencies, so he was a frequent traveler between the United States and other countries. Even the license plate vehicle JNL991 in which he would have moved during the weekend in the company of Valentina Trespalacios through Bogotá, is pledged to a financial entity of the country, as it is consigned in the Single National Transit Registry.
Even before his arrest at the Panama airport on the night of January 24, Colombian authorities would have already collected all the security videos in which the movements that both the man and Valentina made between the night of January 20 and the early morning of the 22nd were recorded.
The evidence against Poulos
According to these investigations, Poulos could have murdered the young woman on the morning of Saturday the 21st and left her body in the afternoon of that same day, some 15 hours after one of her friends last saw her performing at the Nexxus barin El Restrepo, at 4 in the morning.
The testimony of Valentina’s friend pointed out that the couple would have been arguing with the foreigner throughout the night for issues related to “jealousy”, because, apparently, Poulos I would have claimed him several times because she did not present him as her partner or give him the place that corresponded to him, he pointed out.
However, another of her friends, and a witness in the case, says that this would not be the first time that the man had such aggressive behavior with Trespalacios, since on repeated occasions, through video calls, the couple argued over the same topic. However, the woman confirmed that Poulos had in the United States three children and, apparently, a woman, with whom he would also have had a sentimental relationship in the past and who was still present in his life.
Another of the elements that is key for the authorities is the photographic record of the moment of the man’s capture, since on the right side of his face and neck he had several scratches, which leads the investigators to think that these were caused by valentine when defending himself from the pressure that the man exerted on his neck.
And it is that the official report of the Institute of Legal Medicine revealed that the woman died as a result of mechanical suffocation caused by the pressure of five ropes on her neck. At the close, the plane that brought John Poulos back to Colombia would not have taken off from the Tocumen international airport in Panama.
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