Stalker accused of murdering exotic dancer, 22, was customer at club

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The stalker accused of murdering a 22-year-old Dallas exotic dancer was a customer at her strip club who complained – before shooting her dead – that he had paid her $3,000, police said.

Fort Worth Police arrested 54-year-old Stanley Szeliga, of Irving, last week for the fatal shooting of Abigail Saldana, who said before her death that someone was following her.

On October 26, Saldana was found fatally shot behind the wheel of her car at an exit near the strip club where she worked. 

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Stanley Szeliga, 54, has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing Abigail Saldana, 22

Stanley Szeliga, 54, has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing Abigail Saldana, 22

On October 26, Abigail Saldana (pictured) was found fatally shot behind the wheel of her car at an exit near the strip club where she worked

On October 26, Abigail Saldana (pictured) was found fatally shot behind the wheel of her car at an exit near the strip club where she worked

Fort Worth Police confirmed that Szeliga, a customer at Rick’s Cabaret, had been stalking and harassing Saldana, and according to an arrest affidavit, he was angry at the 22-year-old after claiming to have paid her thousands.  

Just three hours before the murder, Szeliga posted on Instagram that he had been lied to by Saldana and that he had paid her $3,000 via multiple Zelle payments. 

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‘I never thought I’d be one of those guys taken advantage of,’ the 54-year-old wrote. ‘Sharing for awareness. Abigail S. and I, since July 2021, we have been enjoying each other’s company. She’s so beautiful and personable that I envisioned a future with her. But dealing with all the lies is overwhelming, I realize that’s part of your primary job as an adult entertainer.’ 

Szeliga’s post went on to claim that Saldana had a second job as a prostitute.

‘If you only leave your second job, being in a high-end prostitution ring we could move forward. Yes, this pays $2000 per session, but it’s illegal. And having a boyfriend whilst having sex with other men?!’ 

When police went to nearby Rick's Cabaret (pictured) a manager confirmed Saldana had been recently harassed by a customer known as 'Stan'

When police went to nearby Rick’s Cabaret (pictured) a manager confirmed Saldana had been recently harassed by a customer known as ‘Stan’

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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?’

Saldana 'was frightened of Stan because he was stalking and harassing her,' according to he manager at Rick's Cabaret

Saldana ‘was frightened of Stan because he was stalking and harassing her,’ according to he manager at Rick’s Cabaret 

According to the affidavit, when police arrived to the scene, they found three shell casings inside the car as well as a passport identifying Saldana and clothing ‘consistent with those worn by exotic dancers.’

When police went to nearby Rick’s Cabaret, a manager confirmed Saldana worked there but had not come in that day, and that she had been recently harassed by a customer known as ‘Stan.’

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The manager told police Saldana ‘was frightened of Stan because he was stalking and harassing her,’ and provided them video Saldana posted two weeks earlier to her Instagram about finding a tracking device under her car. 

‘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 it was a tracker. 

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According to the affidavit, a license plate reader spotted Szeliga’s 2015 Ford F150 pickup truck near Saldana’s home at least five times over a 12-day span and only 17 minutes before the shooting was reported, his truck was spotted near her vehicle.  

On October 28, police tracked Szeliga down to his home in Irving and ordered him to come out, but he refused, prompting a standoff.

SWAT team members eventually went into an 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 mostly superficial wounds and then booked into jail on $250,000 bond.

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Saldana’s mother said when she heard of Szeliga’s arrest last week, 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. 

The 54-year-old faces a murder charge and as of Monday he remained in the Tarrant County Jail.

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