HUNTINGTON STATION WOMAN INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO HIRE HITMEN TO KILL HER EX-HUSBAND’S FAMILY MEMBERS
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and the Suffolk County Police Department today announced the indictment of a Huntington Station woman for allegedly attempting to hire hitmen to kill two of her ex-husband’s family members.
Elsy Rodriguez-Garcia, 25, is charged with two counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, a class A-1 felony, and two counts of Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony.
“These were clearly not empty threats; this was a cold, calculated decision to have two people murdered, one of whom is a five-year-old child,” District Attorney Sini said. “Thankfully this plot came to the attention of law enforcement before it was successfully carried out, and the detectives on this case took immediate steps to ensure the safety of the targets and to prevent these two murders from taking place.”
“Thanks to the efficient work of the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Rodriguez-Garcia was indicted on attempted murder and conspiracy charges,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “Even though her plan was revealed before it was carried out, individuals like Rodriguez-Garcia don’t usually stop until they get what they want. I would like to commend the investigators on this case who ensured Rodriguez-Garcia was brought to justice before anyone was hurt.”
Earlier this month, Rodriguez-Garcia allegedly contacted a co-conspirator via WhatsApp to orchestrate the murder of her ex-husband’s 57-year-old mother and five-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. She allegedly asked the co-conspirator to hire hitmen to execute the murders in Ecuador, where she believed the two targets were visiting. Rodriguez-Garcia provided photographs of the targets to the co-conspirator in furtherance of the plot as well as a description of the residence in which she believed the targets were staying.
“What’s even more disturbing is that the photo she sent was the child’s kindergarten graduation photo,” District Attorney Sini said. “That was the image she chose to identify her victim, the little girl who she wanted to have murdered for her own selfish reasons.”
Rodriguez-Garcia allegedly agreed to pay $6,000 for the murders, which she would wire to the hitmen once she received proof that the murders had occurred.
Rodriguez-Garcia’s ex-husband became aware of the alleged murder-for-hire plot and reported the threat to the Suffolk County Police Department’s Third Precinct. An investigation into the conspiracy was conducted by the District Attorney’s Office and the Suffolk County Police Department.
Pursuant to the investigation, a doctored photo purporting to show the targets of the conspiracy was sent by the co-conspirator to Rodriguez-Garcia as “proof” that the murders had been carried out. The photo, which was created by the Suffolk County Police Department’s Identification Section, appeared to show a dead woman and child in the countryside of Ecuador.
Rodriguez-Garcia was arrested on July 13, 2019.
Rodriguez-Garcia was arraigned on the indictment today by Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice William J. Condon. Bail was set at $750,000 cash or $1.5 million bond. She is due back in court on Sept. 4, 2019.
If convicted of the top count, Rodriguez-Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
“The District Attorney’s Office has recently secured more and more murder conspiracy indictments, whether it is in connection with the MS-13 or 18th Street gangs or in cases like this,” District Attorney Sini said. “The reason for that is law enforcement is collecting such reliable, actionable intelligence on a daily basis that it is allowing us to prevent crimes from happening.”
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Anne E. Oh, of the Enhanced Prosecution Bureau.
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