Maryland Man Charged in Plot to Kill Wife

Undercover investigation of murder-for-hire plot

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    Montgomery County Police
    Daniel Mendoza

    A Montgomery County man is charged in a murder-for-hire plot, accused of planning to kill his wife and one of her friends.

    Daniel Alfaro Mendoza appeared in Rockville District Court Wednesday. He is being held without bond.

    The 48-year-old Mendoza was arrested after meeting with an undercover officer who had offered to kill Mendoza's wife and another man. Montgomery County police arranged the meeting with Mendoza after learning from D.C. police of the alleged murder-for-hire plot. His wife had a protective order against Mendoza effective October 2011 because of an alleged threat to kill her.

    Mendoza identified his wife to the undercover officer Tuesday morning at the Twinbrook Metro Station, gave instructions on how he wanted the killing to occur and showed him where she lived, police said. He told the officer that he planned to return to his native Honduras after the killings and offered payment of $200 plus the title of his vehicle.

    Mendoza is charged with attempted murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.

    A telephone listing for Mendoza was out of service.

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