ORLANDO, FL — A Florida woman has been kidnapped and killed in a case of mistaken identify after a murder-for-hire plot went horribly wrong, police say.
Ishnar Marie Lopez-Ramos, 35, allegedly hired Alexis Ramos-Rivera, 22, and his girlfriend Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes, 22, to murder a woman who was in a relationship with a man that Lopez-Ramos was in love with, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson revealed at a press conference that the murder was carried out between January 7 and “the early morning hours of the 8th.”
According to police, the suspects followed 42-year-old Janice Zengotita-Torres to a store at a shopping center in Osceola County. They mistakenly identified Zengotita-Torres as the intended target — then followed her home, forced her into the back of her car, and drove her to an apartment in Orlando. They also drove her to a bank and forced her to surrender her ATM card and PIN number.
They eventually figured out that they had the wrong person. “However, the suspects continued with their plan of murder and tied the victim with zip ties and then (covered) her head in duct tape and garbage bags,” Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said. Zengotita-Torres was beaten, and eventually suffocated.
The suspects then drove the woman’s vehicle to Ormond Beach and dumped her body. Cable workers found the remains on Monday morning, the same day that Zengotita-Torres’ family reported her missing.
Lopez was arrested on Friday when she tried to use the victim’s ATM card, and police arrested Ramos-Rivera and his girlfriend at a hotel near Orlando. Police say all three have confessed.
Authorities have notified the actual intended victim of the plot and offered her protection, but she’s declined.
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Main photo: Alexis Ramos-Rivera, Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes, and Ishnar Marie Lopez-Ramos (left to right) [People.com (screenshot)]