by: Linzi Sheldon Updated:
SEATTLE - Police say a Seattle man wanted his girlfriend mutilated so he and his cousin hired a hit man.
Unfortunately for him, the hit man turned out to be an undercover officer.
Now both 39-year-old Fransisco Lopez-Agudo, and his 22-year-old cousin, Sergio Ruiz-Lopez, are in King County Jail on $1 million bail.
Police said Lopez-Agudo has a wife in Mexico but was living with a mistress in Seattle and had a 5-year-old child with her. They said Lopez-Agudo believed she had been cheating on him and wanted her killed initially before he decided he wanted her mutilated.
In early September, Bellevue police officers and the Eastside Narcotics Task Force organized surveillance in Seattle and Burien after they said they received a tip that the two men were looking for a hit man.
Early Wednesday morning, police said Lopez-Agudo and Ruiz-Lopez met up with an undercover officer posing as a hit man. Police said the suspects gave that undercover officer a photo of the intended victim, and told him where she worked and when.
He said they instructed him to shoot her three times in the legs, cut her face, and that they didn’t care if she died.
Police said the suspects instructed the person they thought was a hit man to do it at her workplace so it looked like an apparent robbery and offered heroin and money as payment.
Officers arrested them only a couple hours later in the University District of Seattle on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast.
In court, Lopez-Agudo’s defense attorney said he adamantly denied the allegations.
Lopez-Agudo and Ruiz-Lopez are facing charges of first-degree conspiracy to commit assault.
The woman was not hurt. In addition to the child had with Lopez-Agudo, she also has a 12-year-old from a previous relationship. They are all safe in an undisclosed location.
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