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Man accused of soliciting undercover Tampa detective to kill girlfriend

Anthony Rodriguez is charged with solicitation of murder.

Anthony Rodriguez is charged with solicitation of murder.

TAMPA — A man was jailed Wednesday after he tried to hire an undercover officer to kill his girlfriend, according to Tampa police.

Anthony Rodriguez, 41, met with the undercover detective Tuesday and offered $1,000 for the killing, police said. He also showed the detective the girlfriend's Facebook page and noted details.

The pair met again Wednesday afternoon at Al Lopez Park in Tampa to further discuss the transaction, police said. In the second meeting, Rodriguez gave the detective 39 hydrocodone pills to sell and suggested that the proceeds could be used to buy a gun to kill her, police said.

Rodriguez was arrested about 3:30 p.m. on charges of solicitation of first-degree murder and trafficking in illegal drugs.

He was held in jail on $250,000 bail. A judge ordered that he was to be outfitted with a GPS monitor if he posts bail and is released.

Rodriguez previously has been arrested three other times in Florida, state records show, on charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a child, kidnapping, fraud and impersonating a law enforcement officer during the commission of a felony.

In December, his girlfriend got an injunction against Rodriguez. He was ordered to stay 300 feet away from her.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Man accused of soliciting undercover Tampa detective to kill girlfriend 03/20/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:45pm]
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