TAMPA — A 38-year-old Georgia man was arrested Wednesday night after he drove to Tampa with plans to murder his ex-wife's boyfriend, police said.
His plans were thwarted by an undercover police detective and a friend-turned-confidential informant, authorities said.
Christopher Brian Peters of Quitman, Ga., called an acquaintance Tuesday asking to buy two guns to kill the boyfriend, who lives in Manatee County, police said. The acquaintance called police.
On Wednesday, Peters met the informant and an undercover detective with the Tampa Police Department at 1901 E Adamo Drive to buy two 9mm pistols with silencers for $2,500, an arrest report states.
During the meeting, police said, Peters described how he would dispose of the evidence — crushing the guns with a sledgehammer and throwing them in the ocean. He also said he had prepared an alibi should he be suspected, police said.
The conversation was secretly taped, and he was arrested around 8:40 p.m.
Peters faces charges of attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a weapon. He was taken to a Hillsborough County jail, where he remains without bail.
An arrest report said Peters has ties to Lakeland.