A divorced father of three has gone viral on Twitter after a post about going on vacation with his Colombian blind date, soon-to-be fiancée, is updated to say he has been charged with her murder after allegedly killing her. full of blood. body in a suitcase
John Poulos, 35, could face up to 35 years for the murder of DJ Valentina Trespalacios, 21, whose remains, he is accused of stuffing a suitcase that was found inside a garbage dump in Bogotá.
But it was only in December that Poulos responded to a viral Twitter trend asking users to share their “craziest first date,” to which Poulos responded with a selfie of him looking smitten with Trespalacios.
“I invited a Colombian woman on a vacation without meeting her first, now we’re getting married,” Poulos replied.
But just over a month later, a homeless man found Trespalacios’ body stuffed in a discarded suitcase.
John Poulos has gone viral on Twitter after a post about his first blind date going on vacation with his Colombian fiancée was updated to say he has been charged with her murder.
Colombian agents escort John Polos (second from right) after his arrival in Colombia on January 25
Valentina Trespalacios (pictured) was dating her boyfriend John Poulos for eight months before his violent death.
Surveillance camera captured the moment when John Poulos lifted a suitcase containing the body of Valentina Trespalacios and placed it in the trunk of the car
Twitter added a Community Note to Poulos’s post yesterday, noting: “The user who posted this tweet is now accused of murdering the woman in question.”
He then linked to a DailyMail.com story detailing Colombian prosecutors seeking a sentence of more than 35 years for Poulos.
Twitter users reacted with shock and disgust, including the original ‘craziest first date’ question poster answering: ‘Go to hell, you piece of shit.’
Poulos was initially married to his wife Ashely since 2009, and the couple had three children, including a son who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of four. The family had even been a guest of former House Speaker Paul Ryan at the State of the Union address in 2018.
However, he acknowledged that the marriage soured three years later and that Poulos abandoned the family, leaving them bankrupt just before filing for divorce.
She said the relationship was abusive and filed for divorce in 2021. Before filing paperwork, she said Poulos had transferred his entire marital estate to an offshore trust, leaving the family with nothing.
According to Ashley, John later left the United States and lived in Cyprus, Turkey, and Ukraine, among other European nations. Not long ago she found out that he had been traveling to Colombia on vacation and was living in Texas.
She added that John abandoned his children and has not seen them in person since he moved from his home in Franklin, Wisconsin, in January 2021.
Colombian prosecutors are seeking more than 35 years in prison for John Poulos, a US citizen accused of murdering his 21-year-old DJ girlfriend, Valentina Trespalacios, on January 22.
John Poulos (pictured) was detained in Panama on Tuesday moments before boarding a flight to Turkey and then connecting to Montenegro. He was extradited to Colombia on Wednesday night to face charges for the murder of his DJ’s girlfriend, Valentina Trespalacios.
Valentina Trespalacios was beaten and strangled to death before being put in a suitcase that was dumped in a construction waste container near a park in Bogotá, Colombia, on Sunday. The 23-year-old was dating John Poulos, a Texan resident who is accused of killing her and was scheduled to appear before a judge Thursday for her arraignment.
John Poulos (left) had plans to live in Colombia full-time and marry his DJ girlfriend, Valentina Trespalacios (right). He was arrested in Panama on January 24, two days after his body was found inside a suitcase in a garbage container in the Colombian capital of Bogotá.
The autopsy report showed that Colombian DJ Valentina Trespalacios, 21, was strangled and beaten
At some point, Poulos met Trespalacios through an online dating app, when he asked her to go on vacation with him for their first date.
Poulos had been dating Trespalacios, a well-known electronic music DJ, for almost a year before they got engaged and they planned to marry soon.
A friend of Trespalacios said that Poulos was increasingly annoyed with her because she refused to post their relationship on her social media.
He had previously traveled to Bogotá on January 19 before moving in with her to the apartment he claimed to have rented long-term on the north side of the city.
In his apartment in the early hours of January 22, Poulos had sex with Trespalacios and is accused of beating and choking her to death.
A surveillance camera near the apartment showed Poulos pushing a grocery cart with bags of luggage, including one that had Trespalacios’s body stuffed inside and covered with a blanket because his head was sticking out.
Additional footage captured Poulos placing the trolley next to his rental Volkswagen Voyage and struggling to collect the luggage before it could be placed in the trunk.
hHe then drove to the south side of Bogotá, where he dumped his suitcase in a dumpster and headed to El Dorado International Airport to escape the country on a flight to Panama City, Panama.
Still image from the night of January 21 when Valentina Trespalacios (center) was last seen alive before her boyfriend, John Poulos (right), allegedly beat and strangled her to death.
John Poulos next to a supermarket cart that contained a suitcase with the body of his deceased girlfriend, Valentina Trespalacios. He covered the suitcase with a blanket to cover the head of the 21-year-old, who was sticking out of the luggage bag.
John with Ashley Poulos, who filed for divorce in 2021, and their three children
A homeless man looking for recyclable materials made the gruesome discovery of Trespalacios’s body the same day.
The divorced father of three has been in custody since January 25 after he was extradited from Panama.
Poulos had purchased a one-way ticket to the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama. He was seized by Panamanian immigration and Interpol agents at the airport moments before he boarded a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul, Turkey, with a connection to Montenegro, a country where there is no extradition treaty to Colombia.
He had also purchased a one-way ticket from Panama City to São Paulo, Brazil, as part of an attempt to disrupt his international manhunt.
Poulos told authorities in Panama that the defunct Medellín Cartel was behind the assassination of Trespalacios and that he had fled Colombia because cartel members wanted to kill him. Colombian authorities have yet to corroborate his version of events.
Poulos has not yet been found guilty and is scheduled to stand trial at a later date.