A Santa Monica man who was arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman inside her Santa Monica apartment earlier this year may also be connected through DNA evidence with the fatal stabbings of three women, including a former girlfriend of actor Ashton Kutcher, police said.
Michael Thomas Gargiulo, 32, was arrested by Santa Monica police June 6th. He is currently in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on $1.1 million bail.
The suspect is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, September 4th, for a hearing related to the stabbing of a woman inside her home in the 1200 block of 12th Street in Santa Monica April 28th, police said.
A Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said the county District Attorney’s Office is expected to proceed with the filing of murder charges against Gargiulo Friday, September 5th, in the February 2001 stabbing death of Kutcher’s ex-girlfriend Ashley Ellerin in the Hollywood Hills.
Police said Gargiulo may also be connected through DNA evidence with the fatal stabbings of a woman in Monterey Park and another woman near Chicago in 1993, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
Following the stabbing death of the woman near Chicago, Gargiulo’s DNA was placed in a national database because he was a suspect in the case, the Sun Times reported.
In the Santa Monica incident earlier this year, the female resident was home alone when she was awakened by a man who was armed with a knife. The woman fought the assailant and was stabbed several times during the struggle, Lt. Daniel Salerno said.
Santa Monica detectives and forensic specialists located DNA evidence at the scene that was processed through a DNA database and identified Gargiulo, police said.
Detectives believe the suspect entered the Santa Monica woman’s home through a partially-opened window, Salerno said.