LA-area couple charged in murder-for-hire scheme
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles-area mother and a family friend were charged in federal court Monday with hiring a hit man to kill her daughter’s boyfriend.
Adelina Cristobal, 45, of Lawndale and Antonio Quevedo, 34, of Hawthorne were charged in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles on Monday.
The pair offered to pay $6,500 to have the boyfriend “disappear,” but it turned out that the hit man they hired was an undercover officer working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with LAPD’s Harbor Division.
Courts documents say Cristobal wanted the boyfriend killed because “the victim owed her money, the victim was romantically involved with her daughter” and had allegedly threatened her husband.
On Thursday evening, according to an affidavit, the group met in the parking lot of Lawndale’s Mar de Oro restaurant, where Cristobal’s daughter was working inside. Cristobal told the undercover officer that her husband was in on the scheme and wanted the boyfriend – his nephew – dead, but she did not want her daughter to find out.
Cristobal allegedly provided the undercover officer with details on the victim, including a picture from her cellphone and told the officer to tell the target: “This is so you remember not to get involved with my daughter and me.”
She also asked to be sent a picture “after it’s done,” the documents state. Cristobal and Quevedo were arrested shortly afterward.
Cristobal and Quevedo were charged with using interstate commerce facilities – the cellphone – for murder-for-hire, officials said.
If convicted the defendants face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.