FL: Woman kidnapped, killed in murder-for-hire mistake

FL: Woman kidnapped, killed in murder-for-hire mistake

According to investigators, Ishnar Lopez-Ramos, 35, allegedly hired Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes, 22, and Alexis Ramos-Rivera, 22, to kill a woman in a relationship with a man she loved.

The suspects took after the wrong lady out of the dim store and to her condo where they "coercively put the casualty into the back of her own vehicle, and afterward headed out", Gibson said. The couple dumped Zengotita-Torres' body in Ormond Beach late Sunday or early Monday and then abandoned her vehicle, the sheriff said.

Detectives believe they did eventually realize they'd kidnapped the wrong person but "continued with their plan of murder and tied the victim with zip ties, and then her head in duct tape and garbage bags", Gibson said.

A woman's body was found in Ormond Beach on Monday and was later identified as Janice Marie Zengotita-Torres, who had been reported missing out of Osceola County, officials said. That woman, who was never harmed, and Zengotita-Torres, who was married and the mother of a 14-year-old boy, were co-workers.

"Every one of the three affirmed this was a murder for enlist and that the casualty was erroneously focused on and killed", the Sheriff said.

Sheriff Gibson said the suspects then realized Zengotita-Torres was not their intended target, "but continued with their plan of murder and tied the victim with zip ties and then [covered] her head in duct tape and garbage bags", according to the Sentinel.


Authorities found Janice Zengotita-Torres' body Tuesday in Volusia County.

They drove the victim to an ATM and made her to hand over her PIN and ATM card, then Ramos withdrew cash from her account, authorities said.

All three of the people involved have been charged with first-degree murder.

Sheriff Gibson says all three of the suspects confessed and that their arrests may not have happened without some close work that was done with the victim's family. "This mother, this wife, this daughter, for no reason at all", Gibson said, WESH reported.

Lopez-Ramos was arrested early Friday, while Ramos and Quinones Montes were later arrested at an Orange County hotel, the sheriff said.

The woman who was the intended target of the murder-for-hire plot has been notified about the scheme against her but has denied protective services, deputies said.

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