A woman has been arrested after attempting to hire an online hitman to murder her three-year-old son.
Florida mother Jazmin Paez clicked onto spoof website RentAHitman.com and provided the “assassin” with a description of the boy and details of where he’d be.
Paez, 18, handed over $3,000 (about £2,300) to the “killer,” police documents say.
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Robert Innes, the owner of the spoof website, says he receives hundreds of inquiries a day from people seeking a murder-for-hire, but Paez’s request raised an immediate red flag and he passed the information over to police.
“The ability to research names and addresses and verify the intended target lived in a particular address," Innes said. "That to me is a red flag."
“If that information is corroborated, to me that is something that needs to be looked at and that’s why I referred it,” he told NBC Miami.
Police obtained the IP address of the computer used to make the request, and matched it to a machine in Paez’s home.
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An investigator posing as a hitman then contacted the suspect, who confirmed her request and agreed to hand over $3,000 for the murder.
She was then arrested – according to police reports the website was still open on her computer when officers arrived.
She was charged with first-degree solicitation of murder and third-degree using a communications device for unlawful use, court records show.
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She was taken to the Miami-Dade jail but it was not clear if bond has been set or if she had posted bail.
Innes’ site has led to dozens of arrests over the years, with misguided web users applying to have their enemies killed or even applying to become assassins.
He told the New York Post last month that his website features a number of clues – such as a reference to a fake law called HIPPA, the Hitman Information Privacy & Protection Act of 1964 – that make it clear it’s a spoof.
Nevertheless over a hundred people have tried to have troublesome family members or business associates executed by submitting a request to the site.
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