A Louisiana man has been arrested in connection with a murder-for-hire plot allegedly targeting his business partner. Ahmad Slyyeh, 30 years old, was charged with one count of attempted murder. He was arrested and charged Wednesday after visiting the St. Tammany. The arrest was announced on Thursday.
“I’m so proud of the hard work of our deputies and detectives!” Sheriff Randy Smith said in a statement obtained by New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO. “They work very hard to keep people safe and solve any crime. This particular incident could end up with someone getting hurt, but instead, everyone is safe and the perpetrator is in custody.”
The case appears to be something too easy for law enforcement. According to STPSO, authorities were told that Slyyeh had met the person who would be shot at his business premises in Slidell, La., a small city on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain in St. Tammany, about 30 minutes south-southwest of bayou from New Orleans City. In Louisiana, “parish” is the term used instead of “county”.
However, after that alleged meeting, the person who was allegedly offered the money for the hit went to law enforcement – as well as the defendant’s business partner – and spread the proverb red beans and rice.
According to metropolitan area-focused news site Crescent City Nola.comThe business in question is a gas station and convenience store operating on US 11th Street near the outer edge of Slidell.
It’s unclear when the alleged murder planning meeting happened or when the rogue hitman had an apparent change of mind.
However, STPSO said, detectives eventually gathered enough evidence to issue an arrest warrant.
Slyyeh, from Metairie, La., learned of his wanted status, as well as a simultaneous police manhunt, and turned himself in at the St. Tammany, according to local FOX branch WVUE.
Law enforcement has not yet suggested a motive as to why Slyyeh allegedly wanted his business partner dead.
The defendant is being held in the St. Tammany. His bond has been set at $225,000.
Murder-for-hire plots have popped up a bit in recent months and years.
Last September, a Florida woman allegedly attempted to use the easily-retrievable Bitcoin cryptocurrency to facilitate such a conspiracy. Similar schemes allegedly (and subsequently broken) by women attempting to use Bitcoin were reported back in both October and November 2021 in Wisconsin and Mississippicorresponding.
In addition to mindless use of digital assets, murder-for-hire plots are also carried out news out of Texas and New York City last November. In the Lone Star State case, an attorney allegedly tried to kill another attorney over sexual assault allegations. The Big Apple Conspiracy was conceived by a former NYPD cop who pleaded guilty to obstruction and received a four-year sentence in Empire State Prison.
[image via St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office]
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