How do fake hit men work?

Police say Maricela Arciga was in the market for a hit man.

A 23-year old woman named Maricela Arciga was arrested because police say she tried to hire a hit man to kill her boyfriend.

Ms. Arciga thought (or knew for sure) that her 26-year-old boyfriend was cheating on her.

She was so angry at him she wanted him dead.

The police heard about this.

The police got in touch with her by using someone pretending to be a fake hit man.

The police taped the phone calls.

They also recorded two meetings where she met with the fake hit man in person.

During Ms. Arciga's meetings with the fake hit man, the police said she agreed to pay $2,000 to have her boyfriend shot to death.

The police said she gave the fake hit man $200 as a down payment.

They also said she gave him her boyfriend's photo, his schedule, a description of his car, and other details to make it easier to find him.

After her last meeting with the fake hit man in a grocery store parking lot, the police arrested her after a nighttime traffic stop.

Her bond was set at $750,000.

Despite the obvious, "Wow, she must be really pissed at her cheating boyfriend if she wants to kill him," I wonder about a few things.

How did the police get in touch with her?

Was it a cold call?
"Hello. Hey, uh, you don't know me, but I heard that your boyfriend's a cheating bastard, and you want to, you know, like, kill him, and, like, I can help you out there, and, you know, if you want to talk about it, gimme a call..."
And then she had multiple phone calls with the supposed hit man.

Finally, she met with the fake hit man in person, many times.

This fake hit man had an interesting task.

He had to fool her into believing he was a hired contract killer.

But at the same time, he had to earn her trust so she would be willing enough to meet with him in person.

And he had to convince her to want to go ahead and kill her boyfriend (or else she'd be wasting the time of the police.)

But he couldn't entrap her, or at least seem to entrap her, because then she could be found innocent and a possibly dangerous person would go free.

That's quite a sales call.

Aurora woman charged with plotting boyfriend's murder, Daily Herald>>

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