FORT WORTH (KFDX / KJTL) – The arrest affidavit accusing Stanley Szeliga of the murder of Abigail Saldaña cites predatory behavior and stalking before the fatal shooting on Highway 183 in Fort Worth on October 26.
Authorities were dispatched to Route 183 eastbound at around 8:40 p.m. on October 26 in reference to a car driving off the shoulder of the road at full speed and through the grass.
According to the affidavit, police arrived at the scene and identified the victim as 22-year-old Abigail Saldaña from Dallas through her passport.
Saldaña was pronounced dead at the scene from gunshot wounds to his right arm and back, according to a Fort Worth Police update.
The affidavit indicates that detectives at the scene were able to locate three shell casings and broken glass at the intersection of Amon Carter Boulevard and Highway 183, where Saldaña was said to have been shot before entering the road. highway.
According to the affidavit, detectives noticed clothing in the vehicle matching those worn by an exotic dancer.
When they saw the car, detectives noticed an establishment called “Rick’s Cabaret”, where they went to find out if Saldaña was working there.
The affidavit states that a manager confirmed that Saldaña worked there and that a client the manager only knew as “Stan”, a military veteran, had recently harassed Saldaña.
According to the affidavit, the official then showed detectives a message that Saldaña posted on Instagram on October 14 in which she found a tracker that “Stan” had hidden on her car in an attempt to track her.
The manager then showed detectives several messages from “Stan” indicating that he was planning to report Saldaña for suspected prostitution.
The manager indicated that Saldaña was scared because “Stan” was harassing and harassing her, then gave detectives his phone number.
A search of the phone number and address in posts posted to Instagram by “Stan” were both recorded in the name of Stanley Frank Szeliga, 54, of Irving.
The affidavit states that detectives found a 2015 Ford F150 registered in Szeliga.
A database of license plate readers reported that Szeliga’s Ford F150 was photographed at Midway Road and McEwen Road, near Saldaña’s residence and about 17 miles from the crime scene on October 26, less than an hour before the alleged murder.
The affidavit indicates that shortly after, Saldaña’s vehicle was photographed at this intersection, followed seconds later by Szeliga’s vehicle, indicating that Szeliga was following Saldaña. This happened approximately 17 minutes before the 911 call that Saldaña’s car had left the road.
Searching the database for Szeliga’s vehicle license plate, they found at least five different instances of Szeliga at this intersection near where Saldaña lived, indicating a pattern of stalking.
One of those cases happened on October 13, the day before Saldaña posted the video of the tracking device found on her car on Instagram.
The detectives contacted Szeliga, who agreed to meet with them and then did not show up.
The affidavit goes on to state that detectives obtained a warrant, which was executed by the Fort Worth SWAT. Szeliga refused to leave the residence when the warrant was executed and ultimately caused a self-inflicted neck injury that required medical attention.
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