They say there are many fish in the sea. Yet too often a fight for one fish leaves someone dead.
After leaving work at a Ross near Kissimmee late Jan 7, Janice Zengotita-Torres of Osceola County Florida was kidnapped by three men. She was reported missing by her husband on Jan. 8.
Sadly, Zengotita-Torres’ body was found in Ormond Beach. She’d been bound, beaten, and suffocated with garbage bags.
Before she was killed, the assailants demanded her ATM card and pin number. After her death, they continued to use it, which, in part, lead to their capture.
In an unbelievable twist, Osceola County investigators announced that they uncovered the brutal murder plot. Ishnar Lopez Ramos, 35, is accused of hiring Alexis Ramos-Rivera, 23, and his girlfriend Gloriamarie Quinnones Montes, 22 to do away with her competition.
“The woman was the target of the murder-for-hire — she was in a relationship with a man that the suspect, Ishnar, loved,” County Sheriff Russell Gibson stated.
Knowing where the obstacle to her love interest worked, she instructed the killer couple on when and where to strike.
Montes and Ramos-Rivera waited outside then followed Zengotita-Torres home and intercepted her before she reached her destination.
There was just one snag to this plot’s despicable execution — they grabbed the wrong woman.
Other than working at the Ross store where the intended victim worked, Zengotita-Torres, a loving mother, wife, daughter, and friend had nothing to do with the plot’s motive.
More disgustingly, the two killers realized they’d gotten the wrong woman but still robbed her of her property and her life.
The plot unraveled when purchases on Zengotita-Torres’ card led police to Lopez Ramos.
In what is only the slightest of sliver linings, all three have confessed to the murder-for-hire plot.
County Sheriff Russell Gibson credited Zengotita-Torres’ family for their assistance in nabbing this despicable trio, saying, “They were remarkable, strong and instrumental in catching the suspects. Remarkable.”
Thanks to their strength, the terrible trio face first-degree murder charges.
Their confession saves taxpayers the cost of prosecution while protecting the family from a prolonged and agonizing trial over this heartless deeds.
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