A Baltimore woman thought she was communicating with a hit man willing to kill her ex-boyfriend's wife. But federal authorities say it was an undercover agent the whole time, recording their interactions.
In May, Maria Dolares "Soiry" Feliz-Pichardo allegedly told someone, who she did not know was a "confidential informant," that she was looking for an individual to perform a "murder-for-hire" for between $1,000 and $2,000, court records say.
Feliz-Pichardo considered the intended victim her enemy, according to court records. Feliz-Pichardo had a young infant with the target's husband, who lived with Feliz-Pichardo for seven months before reuniting with the target of the murder-for-hire.
On June 5, Feliz-Pichardo told the informant, who she did not know was wired with a recording device, that she was sure she wanted the woman dead, according to court documents. The informant told Feliz-Pichardo that someone named "Moreno" who Feliz-Pichardo was told lived in New Jersey, would be willing to travel to Maryland to commit the crime, court records say. The informant allegedly told Feliz-Pichardo that half the price would probably need to be paid in advance.
Court documents say that on June 11, Feliz-Pichardo again met with the wired informant who accepted a call on speaker phone from an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives who pretended to be "Moreno." The ATF agent told Feliz-Pichardo that the situation was "a serious matter."
"Feliz said that she understood that this was a serious matter and stated that 'this was for real,'" court records say.
On June 16, Feliz-Pichardo met the undercover agent — who she believed traveled from New Jersey but who actually came from Texas — in a car in a Bank of America parking lot in Canton to discuss details of the murder, court records say. Feliz-Pichardo allegedly told the wired undercover agent that the murder should not be committed in the target's workplace because of surveillance cameras.
"Feliz stated that staging the murder to look like a robbery gone awry would be a good way to kill the victim," court records say. "[The ATF agent] told Feliz that he would shoot the victim several times."
During that meeting, Feliz allegedly agreed to pay the $2,000 price of the murder, and said she would need two weeks to obtain the money.
"[The ATF agent] told Feliz that he would conduct the murder one or two days after she provided the payment. Felize responded, '...ok,'" court records say. "Feliz reiterated that she wanted the murder to occur but wanted to make sure that she did not go to prison, especially since she had a baby to look after."
On July 13, the agent met Feliz-Pichardo again in the Canton Bank of America parking lot for Feliz-Pichardo to deliver a down payment and a picture of the target's residence and vehicle, court records say.
After providing $700 to perform the murder and promising the balance after the attack, Feliz-Pichardo was arrested.