Antonio Coria couldn’t believe he spent 90 minutes with a woman who is now charged with the gruesome murder of her landlord, 69-year-old Frances Walker.
Walker’s remains were partially found Monday evening, stuffed into the freezer of his West Ridge boarding house.
“When I first picked her up she was sitting here (in the back),” Coria said. “She had placed the black bag right here.”
Coria told NBC 5 that the woman identified as Sandra Kolalou called the services Monday night. When he arrived at the house near the intersection of Washtenaw Avenue and Thorndale Avenue, he saw police and tenants outside.
“She acts normal, honestly, she doesn’t care,” Coria said. “She’s like, ‘Man, this is weird. I don’t know why they’re trying to talk to me. I’m like, ‘Yeah, honestly, I don’t know what’s going on here.'”
Kolalou then told Coria that the police and tenants were looking for her “neighbor”, and that she did not know where she was.
Police questioned her about her owner’s disappearance, but released her after no evidence emerged at the scene.
Coria said Kolalou then got into his truck with a black bag. He said a neighbor warned him about Kolalou, saying she might be guilty of something.
Coria then drove her to Foster Beach where he towed her vehicle. It was then that he noticed something suspicious.
“She keeps walking towards the trash can and I’m like, ‘Hmm, that’s weird,'” he said. “She throws the bag and I’m like, ‘Okay, I guess she threw the bag over there. It’s already a little weird.
On her way to the machine shop, Coria learned by phone from other tenants after exchanging contact details that they had discovered bloody rags in a bag left in the trash.
“I just feel, she just looks at me,” he said. “She knows something is up.”
Coria said Kolalou sat in the front seat and her demeanor changed.
“That’s how you’re supposed to sit, isn’t it?” She’s sitting like that, just looking at me,” he said. “I’m driving, I just feel her looking at me.”
The police arrived at the machine shop to question Kolalou again, but released her. The mechanic shop refused to repair her vehicle after noticing the presence of the police, so Coria drove her to the intersection of Western Avenue and Estes Avenue, where he said she had paid with the credit card. the victim.
“I write him the card information on the receipt and when I see the name I’m like, ‘What the heck,'” he said. “If your name is Sandra, who the hell is Frances Walker?” »
Coria got out of her truck, fearing she would hurt him at this point.
“Everything inside the truck feels like, ‘Hey, you’re gonna get stabbed,'” he said.
Moments later, Coria said she pulled a knife on him when he refused to move his car to another location.
“I just keep my distance with my stick, ‘Hey, back off because you’re acting weird’,” he told her. Coria then noticed police officers nearby and reported them, which led to Kolalou being arrested for pulling a knife on Coria.
Days after Kolalou’s arrest, she was charged with the murder and dismemberment of Frances Walker, who neighbors said would do anything for her tenants.
As he thinks back on the surreal experience, Coria worries that he could have been one of her next victims.