Photo: NICOLAS ASFOURI/Getty Images
A Iowa teen arrested for trying to hire online hitman to kill 7-year-old boyaccording to a statement issued by the authorities on Wednesday.
Operators of the parody website Rent-A-Hitman contacted police in Storm Lake, about 120 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska, and reported that “one person had visited the site on two occasions and had attempted to solicit the murder of a 7-year-old boy”according to a statement provided by chief Chris Cole to NBC News.
Police verified that the intended target’s name and address were on these online applications, so the authorities decided to assign an undercover agent who posed as a hit man and made contact with the suspect on June 2.
“The undercover officer confirmed with the suspect that he wanted to kill the target. The suspect confirmed the target’s name, home address and the time the target would be at the home,” Cole said.
Police identified the suspect as a 17-year-old girl who resides in Storm Lake.However, they did not release his name.
The young woman, who was still in a juvenile detention center on Wednesday, was charged with one count of solicitation to commit murder, a class C felony.
It was not immediately clear if the girl had retained an attorney or had already been assigned an advocate by law.
The intended target and the victim’s family were not harmed or aware of this potential threat, police said.
Recently, a case of A Tennessee woman hired a hit man to kill the wife of a man she met on a dating website.
The defendant, identified as Melody Sasser, was arrested on May 18 and is being held on probable cause for allegedly attempting to murder for hire.
The woman is accused of transferring around $10,000 in bitcoins to a site called “Online Killers Market” in exchange for the murder of the wife of the man he met on the dating site, federal agents said in the complaint.
Sasser and the man he met on Match.com had become hiking friends, but when the subject informed her that he was moving out of state with the woman he planned to marry, the woman turned to the dark web to eliminate his rival, according to the complaint.