An 84-year-old man allegedly killed his Virginia real estate agent after buying an invisible home, then committed suicide last week after police arrived, police said.
Albert A. Baglione, 84, told officers responding in Portsmouth, Va. Last Friday that he shot and killed his real estate agent Soren Arn-Oelschlegel, 41, the Portsmouth Police Department said in a report. communicated. He was armed when the officers opened the door.
Baglione then closed her door and the officers heard a gunshot. After setting up a perimeter, a SWAT team found him dead inside a seemingly self-inflicted gunshot wound, the statement said. Arn-Oelschlegel was also found dead inside from a gunshot wound.
A neighbor told WTKR-TV in Norfolk, Va. That Baglione only lived in the house a few days after buying it without ever seeing it and wanted to return it.
“He blindly bought the house in Alabama, moved in here Thursday, and called a real estate agent on Friday to return the house,” the neighbor said.
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Baglione “said it didn’t look the same as in the photos,” her neighbor told the newspaper. “He told his son that he was not happy and that he was going to talk to his agent about it.”
Baglione reportedly called her son to confess to the alleged murder.
Police gave no official reason.
Friends of Arn-Oelschlegel, who worked for Long & Foster Real Estate in Suffolk, Virginia, were shocked by his death.
“I literally had to read it four to five times and I thought, ‘This doesn’t make sense,'” Rudy Almanzor, chairman of Hampton Roads Pride, told WTKR. “We are here to build the community, and one of our building blocks is missing.”
Arn-Oelschlegel had been a member of Hampton Roads Pride for years.
Almanzor called it “vibrant”.
“He’s always had tons of energy,” he told the station. “I’ve never seen him not smile and laugh and want to have fun. He worked hard, played hard.”
The 750-square-foot single-story home was purchased on Oct. 4 for $ 160,000, the Virginian-Pilot reported. Baglione had seen it in an online list and paid in cash before stepping inside, according to the newspaper.
Arn-Oelschlegel reportedly wrote about the sale on Facebook on October 5. “Kudos to my out-of-town buyer. I’m so glad I was able to find him a home that meets his needs.”
Long & Foster released a statement regarding his death on Wednesday.
“Our Long & Foster family is devastated by the tragic loss of our colleague and beloved friend, Soren Arn-Oelschlegel. His loss will be felt not only in our business, but also throughout the real estate community and the Hampton Roads area. “