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Jennifer Dulos' Estranged Husband Tried To Run Her Over Before Disappearance, Nanny Claims
A state judge unsealed hundreds of pages of search warrants Wednesday, in which a nanny claims Fotis Dulos chased his now-missing wife, Jennifer Dulos, around the house and told her she "belongs in an asylum."
While Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos, remains out on bail on murder charges, a state judge unsealed hundreds of pages of police documents Wednesday that indicate he may have been a menace to his wife long before her disappearance.
Fotus Dulos, 52, was arrested on murder and kidnapping charges earlier this month, but has maintained that he had nothing to do with his wife’s May 24 disappearance. Fotis’ former girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and his friend, attorney Kent Mawhinney, have also been charged with murder in the case.
The unsealed search warrants, first obtained by WFSB Eyewitness News 3 and reviewed by Oxygen.com, include an interview with the Dulos children’s nanny, who alleges that Fotis chased his wife around their home and berated her in front of their children in summer 2017.
Nanny Lauren Almeida alleged that on one occasion, Fotis was shouting outside the door of the bedroom she, Jennifer, and at least one child were hiding in. Jennifer “braced herself against the door as her husband kept pounding, trying to open it,” according to one search warrant.
Almeida also told police that one afternoon that same summer, she heard a “commotion” from outside the family home. She went to the driveway to investigate and found Jennifer in tears. Fotis’ wife told her that he had just tried to run her over and she had to “jump out of the way,” according to the search warrant.
On June 20, Jennifer filed for divorce from Fotis, and that same month, Farmington police seized an unregistered handgun from the husband, due to conditions of a protective order, the Associated Press reported.
Two months later, Dulos called police to report Fotis allegedly calling her a “bad mother” in front of her children and telling her she “belongs in an asylum,” according to the search warrant.
Police believe that Fotis attacked his wife at their New Canaan home after she dropped their children off at school, then drove off with her body. A medical examiner determined, based on blood evidence found in the garage, that Jennifer Dulos must have lost so much blood that she could not have survived, AP reported.
Investigators claimed in a previous arrest warrant that they believe Fotis was "lying in wait" for Jennifer at her home on the day she disappeared, and that the “crime and clean-up are believed to have occurred" soon after.
Police have said that Fotis was $7 million in debt — and would have had access to his children’s trust funds if his wife died, according to AP.
Fotis Dulos’ lawyer, Norman Pattis, said in a statement to AP that the mother’s disappearance is still an “open case” in his view.
“A preliminary review of the warrant leaves us relieved and saddened,” Pattis said. “We’re relieved that there is nothing we didn’t expect or have heard about; saddened, because it’s obvious the state police really have no idea what became of Jennifer.”