A man arrested Friday in Hillsboro for shoplifting confessed to police that he had killed someone in Columbus, leading to the discovery of a stabbing victim in a Columbus neighborhood, according to two Columbus TV stations and a press release issued later by Hillsboro police.
WCMH-TV in Columbus reported Friday that the victim had been found and was pronounced dead. The station said that the Columbus Division of Police, at about 10 a.m. Friday, said that officers were called to the 1200 block of Fairwood Avenue on the report of a stabbing or cutting.
According to police, there was a fight at the residence between two men, and one of them fatally stabbed the other and ran from the scene, the station reported.
“Later, the suspect was taken into custody in Hillsboro on a different incident and, according to officers, confessed to the fatal stabbing,” the station reported.
Meanwhile, Channel 10 in Columbus reported the suspect’s identify as Nicholas Loulakis, and said he had been arrested in Hillsboro for shoplifting. Police are still trying to determine the relationship between the suspect and victim, according to the station.
In a press release issued Friday afternoon, the Hillsboro Police Department said that at 08:46 a.m. Friday, police responded to a local business on Harry Sauner Road to investigate a shoplifting complaint. During the investigation the suspect told officers that he had stabbed someone in Columbus a few days ago and had stolen that person’s vehicle.
Police said the suspect “also indicated that the person stabbed was dead. The suspect was then transported to the police department for further investigation. The vehicle was later located in the parking lot behind McDonald’s on North High St. and secured as evidence.”
A supervisor with HPD “contacted Columbus police with the information that was obtained. Officers responded to the address, where they did locate a male subject that was deceased,” according to the press release.
Police confirmed that the suspect who was arrested for the theft offense in Hillsboro is Nicholas Loulakis, age 27. HPD said that Hillsboro police officers are continuing to work with the Columbus Police Department in this investigation.
Loulakis was involved in a controversy in Florida last year after an internal investigation by the Pasco County sheriff’s office “found that from March 2013 to March 2015, Deputy Mirella Shaffer, 44, used an internal computer system 16 times to look at the criminal history and driving record of Nicholas Loulakis … a convicted felon with whom she had an ‘intimate relationship’ for the past year, according to arrest records,” the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Loulakis “has a lengthy criminal history, involving felony convictions for domestic battery by strangulation, drug possession and tampering with a witness, according to state records. He was not incarcerated at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center when Shaffer accessed the database,” the newspaper reported.
The deputy was arrested by sheriff’s deputies after she admitted that she had used the system for personal matters, the story said. Her employment as a deputy was terminated, according to the story.