Teen arrested in murder for hire scheme

PASADENA, TX On Tuesday, June 3, 2008, Pasadena police received information from a Crime Stoppers tip that a 17-year-old 10th grade male student at Sam Rayburn High School, identified as Thomas Moses Ramirez, had solicited a 17-year-old male classmate to kill a 15-year-old female freshman at the same school.

The intended victim is a friend of the suspect's former girlfriend, who is 15 years of age. Ramirez reportedly believes the intended victim has had a detrimental influence on his relationship with his former girlfriend, and thus wanted her dead.

Police say Ramirez wanted girl to be shot, stabbed or strangled in exchange for $150 and a small amount of drugs. Pasadena police, PISD police, and investigators of the Harris County District Attorney's office worked together to arrange for the suspect to meet at Strawberry Park in Pasadena with the student friend whom he had originally solicited, along with a law enforcement agent posing as the "hit man" and relative of the friend.

During the meeting at approximately 12:45pm Wednesday, June 4, Ramirez provided a name, address and photograph of the intended victim along with a small amount of drugs as partial payment, with the understanding that further compensation would be provided after the murder.

Almost immediately after the agreement was complete, Ramirez was arrested at the park without incident. Also taken into custody was another male friend whohad accompanied Ramirez. However, he was later released with no charges.

Ramirez has been charged with solicitation of capital murder and is currently in custody at the Harris County Jail under $100,000 bond.

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