Police: Vegas man wanted wife killed as birthday present
Jorge Victorino-Vazquez (Courtesy: LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A Las Vegas man wished to have his wife murdered as a birthday present to himself, but wound up pinning his hopes to an undercover Metro police officer.
That's according to an arrest report for 32-year-old Jorge Victorino-Vazquez, who is charged with burglary, conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder in connection with the alleged plot.
The crime was scheduled to take place on Monday, which was also Vazquez's birthday, according to police.
"He went so far as to say it would be his birthday present," officials wrote in the report.
Police said an informant tipped them to Vazquez's plan to have someone break into his house, beat him up, steal some belongings and kill his wife.
That led to an April 19 meeting between the husband and an undercover officer at the Triple Play casino-restaurant on Decatur Boulevard near Sahara Avenue, according to police.
For a $2,000 fee, "Vazquez explained he wanted his wife killed because she was cheating on him, took his money, took his vehicles, wouldn't sign papers for him, and always threatened to call INS to have him deported," officials wrote in the report.
According to police, the officer requested a photo of Vazquez's wife, Marisela Sandoval, along with a diagram of the couple's home at 3309 El Cortez Ave., and half the money up front.
Neighbors are in disbelief.
"It's kind of scary, it's horrible, I'm really sad to hear that," said Barbara Deamin, who lives two doors down from the couple.
"That's horrible, I don't really believe it," said Van Anderson, who lives across the street from their home.
Vazquez met with the officer again on April 20 and 21, where he delivered the cash in two payments along with the photo and a diagram showing "possible paths of entry and escape," officials said.
Vazquez was arrested following the third meeting.
As he was being taken to jail, police said, Vazquez blamed his wife's abusive tendencies for his actions and, "stated several times that he has no regrets in what he did."
However, the report states that detectives caught Vazquez wrapping his belt around his neck while in custody. He was stopped before harming himself, police said.
Deamin told FOX5 she believes the couple has three small children, and she had noticed trouble at the home in the past.
"I think the police were called several times… but I assumed it was just on big happy family really," Deamin said.
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