Three suspects have been charged with first-degree-murder after the wrong woman was killed in a Florida murder-for-hire plot.
Janice Marie Zengotita-Torres, 42, of Kissimmee, was reported missing by her husband on Monday morning after she didn’t return home from work the previous night.
Her body was discovered in Ormond Beach on Monday.
Investigators say that Ishnar Lopez-Ramos, 35, hired Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes, and Alexis Ramos-Rivera, both 22, to kill a woman who was in a relationship with a man she had romantic feelings for – but they accidentally targeted the wrong woman.
Janice Marie Zengotita-Torres, 42 (pictured), of Kissimmee, Florida, was killed last week when she was mistaken for the intended victim in a love triangle murder-for-hire plot
Investigators say that Ishnar Lopez-Ramos, 35 (pictured), hired Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes, and Alexis Ramos-Rivera, both 22, to kill a woman who was in a relationship with a man she had romantic feelings for
Ramos-Rivera and his girlfriend followed Zengotita-Torres as she was leaving work on the night of January 7 at the Ross Dress For Less store at The Loop mall near Kissimmee, where she worked with the intended victim.
After following Zengotita-Torres back to her apartment, they forced her into the trunk of her own car and drove to an apartment near The Mall at Millenia in Orlando.
It was at this point that Ramos and Quinones-Montes realized that they had the wrong woman, Osceola County Sheriff Russell Gibson said during a news conference on Friday.
However, by then, they had already abducted her, had forced her to turn over her ATM card and PIN number, and had withdrawn money from her account.
‘The suspects continued with their plan of murder and tied the victim with zip ties and then [covered] her head in duct tape and garbage bags,’ Gibson said.
Ramos-Rivera beat Zengotita-Torres until she was unconscious and she eventually suffocated to death from the garbage bags around her head.
Quinones-Montes (left) and Ramos-Rivera (right) abducted Zengotita-Torres and took her to an apartment. They forced her to turn over ATM card. Even after realizing they had the wrong woman, they zip-tied her and suffocated her before dumping her body
Zengotita-Torres worked with the intended victim at Ross Dress for Less (pictured) in Kissimmee and was accidentally targeted. All three have been charged with first-degree murder
The suspects dumped her body near Tomoka Avenue and Bennett Lane in Ormond Beach late on January 7 or early the next day, the sheriff said.
Spectrum cable workers found her body about 9am, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
The suspects then continued to use her ATM card. Lopez-Ramos was arrested on Friday following a series of transactions. She was taken into custody, and she led investigators to the other two suspects in the case.
‘All three confirmed that this was a murder-for-hire and that the victim was mistakenly targeted and murdered,’ said Gibson.
Osceola County Jail records show that the three suspects are being held without bail.
Gibson said Zengotita-Torres had moved to Florida from Puerto Rico a year ago, along with her mother, her husband, and their 14-year-old son. She was starting a new life in Osceola County.
‘It was just a mistaken identity,’ Gibson said.
‘I don’t say that lightly, that this woman lost her life for no reason. This mother, this wife, this daughter – for no reason, at all.’