Bleicher texted Lorello, asking if he was lost or running late. An hour later, no response. He later texted and called Lorello. In the next few days, he offered to reschedule. Silence from Lorello.
“I had enough time invested in this guy, I told him, ‘Whatever happened, it’s water under the bridge, let me know you’re OK,’” Bleicher said. “Never heard from him again.”
Thinking back on his interactions, Bleicher remembers making it clear that he had a concealed handgun permit and always had a gun on him.
“I was in a couple of vacant houses with the guy,” Bleicher said. “Looking back, it’s super creepy.”
Although Lorello’s previous criminal record is sparse — a misdemeanor shoplifting charge in 2015 and driving citations — he has faced several civil lawsuits involving real estate.
Lorello had agreed to buy a newly constructed Ashland home on a small cove of Lake Allure in August 2016, according to court documents. The custom-built, 3,400-square-foot home on a half-acre lot had five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a four-car garage.
Lorello signed the contract agreeing to the $600,000 purchase price by putting down a $4,000 deposit, court documents show. The contract was conditional upon Lorello obtaining financing, the document said, but no company name or loan officer is listed.