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Man, 54, charged with shooting dead woman two weeks after she discovered tracking device on her car


Police in Texas have arrested a man for allegedly shooting dead a young single mother who had recently shared a chilling video on Instagram, claiming that someone had attached a tracking device to her car. 

Stanley Szeliga, 54, of Irving, was apprehended by the Fort Worth Police on Thursday following a standoff with a SWAT team during which he slashed himself, and was later booked into the Tarrant County Jail for the killing of 22-year-old Abigail Saldana. 

Saldana’s family said the mom-of-one had complained before her death that someone was following her, and the Fort Worth Police on Friday confirmed that Szeliga had been stalking and harassing her.

Police have not revealed a motive, or said whether the suspect and victim knew each other prior to the killing. 

Abigail Saldana

Stanley Szeliga, 54 (left), has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing Abigail Saldana, 22 (right), in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday

Two weeks ago, Saldana posted this video on her Instagram page, showing a tracking device that had been attached to her car

Two weeks ago, Saldana posted this video on her Instagram page, showing a tracking device that had been attached to her car

The investigation began unfolding at 8.30pm on Tuesday night, when police responded to a car crash on Amon Carter Boulevard south of Highway 183 and found Saldana dead from gunshot wounds.

The woman worked two jobs – as a brow stylist and a server at a bar – to provide for her five-year-old son.

Two weeks before her death, Saldana uploaded a video onto her Instagram page, showing what she claimed was a tracking device that had been planted under her car, NBC DFW reported.

‘This was literally on my car like this,’ Saldana says in the video. ‘This is why you have to be careful. I don’t know what to do moving forward with this, but this is definitely looks like a tracker to me.’

She then goes on to say: ‘this is so crazy, you guys. So crazy. Like who would do this?’ 

Police later confirmed that what Saldana had found under her car was, in fact, a tracker, and said that investigators were looking into it.

Around that time, Saldana reportedly told her mother, Jessica Contreras, that she thought she was being followed by a stalker, reported Fox 4 News.

'This was literally on my car like this,' Saldana says in the video. 'This is why you have to be careful'

Saldana disassembled the tracker

‘This was literally on my car like this,’ Saldana says in the video. ‘This is why you have to be careful’

Saldana says in the video: 'this is so crazy, you guys. So crazy. Like who would do this?'

Saldana says in the video: ‘this is so crazy, you guys. So crazy. Like who would do this?’

Contreras said that Saldana on one occasion even managed to photograph her suspected stalker’s license plate number and send the image to a friend.

In a statement to DailyMail.com on Friday, a Fort Worth police spokesperson said investigators have determined that Saldana ‘had been having issues recently with the suspect.’

Detectives found evidence to indicate that Szeliga had recently been stalking and harassing Saldana, and that he had been following her just before the fatal shooting, said prior to the shooting, according to Officer Brad Perez.  

On Thursday, police tracked Szeliga down to a home in Irving and ordered him to come out, but he refused, prompting a standoff. 

Police said Szeliga had been stalking and harassing Saldana, including just before her killing

The single mom worked as a brow stylist and as a server at a bar

Police said Szeliga had been stalking and harassing Saldana, including just before her killing. The single mom worked as a brow stylist and as a server at a bar  

SWAT team members eventually gained entry into the apartment and found Szeliga on a balcony, suffering from several self-inflicted cuts all over his body.  

Szeliga was taken to a hospital to be treated for his mostly superficial cuts and then transported to jail, where he was booked on $250,000 bond. 

Saldana’s mother said when she heard of Szeliga’s arrest on Thursday, she felt a sense of peace amid the pain of her loss. 

‘He can’t hurt anyone and he’s going to have to answer to me why he took my daughter,’ Contreras said. ‘And I’m not going to stop. I will fight and I will fight. He took my pride. He took my joy.’ 

Szeliga reportedly has a prior criminal record in California, which includes charges related to domestic violence.



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