Crime

Man Arrested In Connection To Triple Homicide

| by Reve Fisher
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A Florida man has been arrested in connection with the “gruesome” murders of his girlfriend, her teenage daughter, the couple’s young daughter, and the family dog.

Patrick Carlopoli, 27, is facing charges of second-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated child abuse, and one count of felony cruelty to animals. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said Carlopoli has not been charged with the murder of the two children, according to WINK News.

On Jan. 24, Carlopoli called 911 at around 4:15 a.m. to report three bodies inside his apartment.

“Patrick had visible blood splatter on his body and clothing,” according to an arrest report obtained by WINK News. “Patrick told deputies ‘they are in there,’ pointing inside the residence … deputies detained Patrick, who made a spontaneous utterance that he shot his wife.”

Tammy Modlin, 37, and her 16-year-old daughter Montana Modlin were found with gunshot wounds inside the master bedroom. A firearm was found between them, the report said. Jeanne Carlopoli, 3, and the family dog were discovered with fatal stab wounds.

“We’ve got a chain of events that, you know, may or may not have led up to that,” Scott said to Naples Daily News. “Obviously we have to look at pre-events, what was going on in these lives, in the adult lives."

Neighbors are shocked to hear the news and regretful for not trying to help.

“She looked like there was something wrong,” Leslie Hansen told WINK News of the youngest daughter. “She was always in the same pajamas, her hair was never combed. Looked dirty.”

Neighbors Ric Jaeggi and Charles Hammond told Naples Daily News that they often heard the couple screaming and cursing at each other. 

“They were jawing,” Jaeggi said.

“You could see inside and it was total chaos in there,” Hammond recalled of Carlopoli and Modlin's apartment.

Hostess Virginia Gundelach, who worked with Carlopoli at Outback Steakhouse, was surprised to hear of the accusations.

"I think everyone was shocked to see him on the news,” she said. “When I first saw the article my first thought was that someone had hurt him and his family, not that he had hurt anyone."

Carlopoli remained in jail as of Jan. 25 under no bond, WINK News notes.

Sources: WINK News, Naples Daily News / Photo Credit: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News, Lee County Mugshot via Naples Herald