Maryland murder for hire plot foiled by tip

Posted at 5:22 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 17:33:08-04
It all began with a tip to police that 36-year old Aafaq Manejwala was actively seeking someone that he could pay big money to have his wife murdered inside their Laurel home.

"He offered $15,000 to our undercover detective to have his wife killed,” said Sherry Llewellyn of the Howard County Police Department, “He also took the detective to the neighborhood to point out the exact home where she would be.  He provided photos of his wife and also a video of the interior of their residence so that the alleged hit man could get around once he was inside the house."

According to charging documents, Manejwala met with the detective three times, including a trip to his home in the exclusive, Stone Lake gated community just off Gorman Road, and instructed him to make the murder look like it was part of a home invasion robbery.

Asked if he wanted the intended victim to suffer, the suspect said he wanted him to "just end it".

As for payment, Manejwala said he wanted to pay in small installments so as not to arouse suspicion.

After handing over a $100 down payment, he was arrested.

"At this stage of the investigation, there is no indication of a motive,” said Llewellyn, “The wife was apparently quite surprised when she heard from our detectives.  They spoke to her directly after he was taken into custody and this all came as quite a shock to her as I'm sure you can imagine, but we don't have any information at this point about why he may have done this and what details led up to this incident."

The suspect faces charges of solicitation to commit and attempted first degree murder.

He's being held with no bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

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