NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The estranged husband of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos was arrested in connection with her disappearance for a second time on Wednesday, Fox News reported.
Police say that 51-year-old Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend have been lying to investigators. But after a one of Dulos’s employees told police that Dulos had used a vehicle registered to his employee on the morning Jennifer disappeared, police have once again arrested Fotis Dulos in connection with her case.
The employee who informed police about the vehicle, Paul Gumienny, also reportedly told investigators that Dulos had been acting suspicious in the days following her disappearance, even going so far as to ask him to swap out the seats in the truck because he feared that police would find Jennifer’s hair inside.
Authorities say that they had previously recovered surveillance video of a red 2001 Toyota Tacoma parked near the location that Jennifer’s car had been found. When Gumienny confirmed that Dulos had borrowed that exact truck, they knew they had their man.
They claim that Fotis Dulos drove Jennifer’s body “and a number of other items associated with the cleanup which occurred in the garage of the residence,” to Lapham Road and then switched vehicles.
They say that Dulos then used a third vehicle, a Ford Raptor pickup truck registered to his company, to dump bags of trash, “which appeared to be stained with a substance consistent with the appearance of blood,” documents said. When police later searched those trash bags, they found bloody clothing that Jennifer had been wearing on the day she disappeared, as well as cleaning items, such as sponges and towels.
Police took Dulos into custody at his home on Wednesday. He was given an additional charge of tampering with or fabricating evidence.
This is not the first time Dulos was arrested in connection with his wife’s disappearance. Fox reported that Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, were arrested in early June and pleaded not guilty to evidence-tampering and hindering prosecution.
They were both since released on bail.
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Since then, Troconis has reportedly told police in an interview that she had been untruthful about the case and that Fotis Dulos had had his truck washed because Jennifer’s body had been in there “at some point”.
The application for the warrant noted that police believed the crime and cleanup occurred between 8:05 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. May 24, the day Jennifer vanished.
But despite a police statement that Dulos was “lying in wait” for his wife on the day they suspect she was killed, Dulos’s lawyer says the actual evidence for murder is slim.
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“Where’s the murder charge?” Attorney Norm Pattis said after Dulos was taken into custody.
Pattis went on to say that the police immediately went after Fotis instead of trying to find Jennifer, a claim that’s ridiculous, considering the massive search efforts that went into finding the missing mom over that past three months. Not to mention, Pattis’s client was caught disposing of criminal evidence that directly tied him to her disappearance.
“We wish the state police spent more time looking for Jennifer and less trying to build a case against Fotis,” Pattis said. “We will plead not guilty to these charges next week in Norwalk.”
Pattis boasts a high-profile list of clients that he’s represented, including Alex Jones of InfoWars. And he’s apparently well-known for getting his clients off. Pattis claimed to be receiving emails chastising him for representing Fotis Dulos since he took the 51-year-old’s defense case.
“I am drawn to cases where the defendant was hated,” he said. “I was abandoned by my father when I was 8-years-old as a child. I am committed to my clients and I will not leave them alone. I will fight for them.”
Fotis Dulos posted his $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court next Thursday, sources say.
The 50-year-old brunette was last seen driving a black Chevy Suburban on May 24. That’s when she dropped off her 8 and 13-year-old children at their private school in New Canaan. Since then police across the state have launched an all-out manhunt in an attempt to find out what truly happened to the suburban mom.
Investigators also said that Fotis and Jennifer had been going through a rough battle over child custody, as their relationship had fallen apart in every way but the legal sense.
Court documents show Dulos said she was “terrified for (her) family’s safety, especially since discovering the gun, since my husband has a history of controlling, volatile and delusional behavior.”
On top of that, she had recently accused her husband of 13 years of threatening to kidnap their children and take them to Greece.
Fotis adamantly denied that claim and said he had turned in his handgun to the Farmington police. He said that his wife was the unfit parent.
Jennifer Dulos has been missing for 3 months.
Her estranged husband was just arrested a second time in connection with her disappearance and charged again with evidence tampering.https://t.co/ZFl5W0ymBw
— Michael Gold (@migold) September 4, 2019
Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, has actually sued her former son-in-law.
The New York woman and her late husband claimed in court documents that Fotis Dulos did not repay $1.7 million in loans he borrowed to buy and redevelop high-end homes.
It’s been a shocking case for those who live in the close-knit Connecticut town.
“Stuff like this doesn’t happen here,” Leila Roxo said.
She’s an associate at LoLo Bag, an accessories boutique in New Canaan.
“It’s a really quiet and safe town. Parents are OK just dropping off their kids and letting them walk around town, eat, have ice cream, buy something and then picking them up. It’s pretty safe.”
Roxo has has a 6-year-old daughter. She said she’s most worried about Dulos’ children and the scars they may carry from their mother’s disappearance.
“The 8-year-old is definitely going to remember some stuff,” Roxo said. “I don’t know how far apart the other ones are, but I have a 6-year-old and I feel like if this were to happen to her, she’d definitely remember.”