Laurel man arrested in murder-for-hire scheme

Posted at 1:15 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 06:16:28-04

A Laurel man has been arrested in a murder-for-hire scheme after he paid an undercover detective to kill his wife, Howard County Police said. 

Aafaq Manejwala, 36, has been charged with solicitation of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Police received a tip that Manejwala was searching for someone who would be willing to kill his wife for money. An informant arranged a meeting between Manejwala and an undercover police detective, who was posing as a potential hit man.

Throughout March, the undercover detective met with Manejwala three times. Manejwala offered him $15,000 to murder his wife and discussed a plan to make the incident appear to be a botched home invasion robbery or burglary.

During these meetings, Manejwala guided the officer to his neighborhood and pointed out the location of his house, showed the officer a video of the interior of the home and provided a photo of his wife, Howard County Police said.

On March 29, Manejwala met with the officer, made a payment for the murder and said he would make another payment on April 1. At that time, he was arrested and charged.

Manejwala is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

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