Police: Seattle men plotted to have mother of two killed

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A married Seattle man, along with his cousin, hired a hit man to potentially murder his mistress, who he believed was cheating on him, according to the Bellevue Police Department. Fortunately, the hit man they hired was actually an undercover officer.

The Bellevue Police Department started investigating the case in September after the Eastside Narcotics Task Force received a tip about a possible murder-for-hire scheme.

Officers set up surveillance on the 39-year-old suspect and his 23-year-old cousin, and the men eventually met with an undercover officer posing as a hit man, according to police.

While the suspects originally wanted the woman, who has two children, killed, they later changed their plan to simply assaulting her with a deadly weapon, according to police. But, they reportedly expressed indifference about her possibly dying in the attack.

According to police, the 39-year-old suspect, who is married, said he wanted the woman, his girlfriend, killed because he thought she was cheating on him.

The hit was planned for this weekend, but officers arrested the suspects at 2 a.m. Wednesday in the University District. They were booked into King County Jail for investigation of conspiracy and solicitation of assault.

The brother of one of the men was also arrested and booked into jail for investigation of rendering criminal assistance.