Los Angeles Police Department detectives have arrested the wife of a notable hairdresser for her husband’s murder, LAPD officials confirmed Thursday.
Monica Sementilli, 45, was tailed from her home south of Ventura Blvd. near Topanga Canyon by undercover detectives Wednesday afternoon, pulled over in a traffic stop, and arrested, the officials said.
A man described by the officials as the wife’s “boyfriend," 55-year-old Robert Baker, has also been arrested and was being held with no bail.
Sementilli had just returned from Toronto where she accepted an honor for her husband’s work awarded by Canadian Hairdresser magazine last weekend.
(Photo: the Sementilli home the morning after the murder. Photo by Eric Leonard.)
“How lucky am I to have lived the greatest love story of all time, the story that people only read about,” Sementilli said, describing Fabio as – ‘the greatest man ever.’ “He has given us unconditional love, and made all our lives an adventure,” she said while on stage with Fabio Sementilli’s sister.
Monica Sementilli told police she found her husband dead in a pool of blood when she returned to the family home on the afternoon of January 23.
Fabio Sementilli had been stabbed to death and his Porsche sports car was missing.
Initially detectives said they were examining the possibility Sementilli had interrupted a so-called “knock knock” home burglary of the type that had been occurring in the neighborhoods south of Ventura Blvd.
A short time after the murder the case was transferred from area detectives to the LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division.