Howard Co. inmate charged in murder-for-hire scheme

An inmate at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup has been charged in a murder-for-hire scheme after police say he solicited an undercover officer, who was posing as a hit man, to kill two people outside the jail.

Bernardo Perez-Garcia, 37, was charged this week with two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. He was originally being held on federal immigration violations, police said.

Police said the plot was domestic-related and that Perez-Garcia was looking for someone to kill his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend and his mother. 

Police said an undercover officer met him at the jail posing as a prospective hit man. In the interview, Perez-Garcia said he wanted two people outside the jail killed and allegedly told the detective he wanted it to look like a robbery of a Langley Park store, which the prospective targets owned, police said.

Police said he gave the detective a car description and that he would settle payment after it was done.

Perez-Garcia remains at the detention center without bond. 

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