PRESCOTT, Arizona - Two brothers who allegedly wanted to hire a gang member to kill a woman found themselves behind bars when their hit man turned out to be a detective.
Department of Public Safety Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) officials provided additional details Friday about the alleged murder for hire plot, which resulted in conspiracy to commit first-degree murder charges against Pedro Sandoval-Flores, 26, of Cottonwood, and Fidel Sandoval-Flores, 28, of Prescott.
The two were arrested July 9. Pedro was already in the Camp Verde jail on other charges and Fidel was taken into custody in Prescott. Bond amounts for each have been set at $500,000.
"The suspects in the case reached out to a gang contact to carry out the hit. They were looking for gang members to carry out the task," said Sgt. Tim Bolger with the Yavapai County Department of Public Safety GIITEM task force.
According to Bolger, the gang task force became involved after receiving a tip about the murder plot on June 13. That tip led to an undercover operation in which detectives posed as hit men.
The brothers allegedly plotted with undercover detectives to murder a key witness in a case against Pedro, allegedly offering to pay about $3,000 for her murder.
"She was a witness in another crime," Bolger said. "There was an assault that took place and she was a witness to that assault. She was a victim in that crime as well.
"The suspects were contemplating murder for hire and were seeking people to do that," he continued. "They had multiple conversations that led to the investigation getting started and then they had to ID the victim as well.
The plot played out while Pedro was incarcerated on other charges, which included aggravated assault, kidnapping, and second-degree burglary. Fidel, meanwhile, allegedly helped coordinate the plot from the outside.