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New York man tried to hire undercover fed to murder noisy neighbors

March 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New York man tried to hire undercover fed to murder noisy neighbors

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New York man tried to hire undercover fed in a bizarre murder plot

A former New York City tour bus driver unknowingly hired an undercover federal agent pretending to be a hit man to kill three people — including two neighbors he believed partied too much in their building in Washington Heights.

According to a Justice Department press release, Joel Rosquette was taken into custody Tuesday on charges of murder-for-hire in Manhattan Federal Court.

The 50-year-old could spend up to 30 years behind bars if he’s found guilty of the murder plot.

Last May, Rosquette asked a man for information on where to purchase a firearm, claiming that he “wanted to take care of” somebody in his building who was a criminal and “made life difficult for residents.”

He also asked if he “knew anyone who did ‘that kind of work,’” prosecutors stated.

The man turned out to be a police informant, who informed Roquette that he carry out the murder $10,000 with a deposit.

“Rosquette agreed but said it would take him several months to save up that amount of cash because he had lost his job as a tour bus driver,” court documents stated.

The informant met with Rosquette in June and said that someone else would carry out the hit.

At first, Rosquette wanted the superintendent of his building murdered because he didn’t do anything about his unruly drug-dealing neighbors who were permitted to “party all night,” Rosquette reportedly complained to the informant.

When Rosquette met up with the agent whom he believed to be a hit man in February, he said he wanted to murder his two neighbors instead. He believed that one was around 16 or 17.

Rosquette then added a third victim to his list.

Because he only had $200, he asked the undercover to kill a Staten Island gas station attendant and steal his money — to pay for the other two hits, the New York Daily News reported.

Rosquette added that he and the attendant were friends at one time, but that he had since “made him angry.”

The undercover called Rosquette on Tuesday and told him he murdered the attendant.

Rosquette requested details about the hit, and after he was informed that it was made to look like a robbery, Rosquette “expressed excitement.”

The undercover agent said he stole $12,000 from the gas station during the killing — and that it was enough to proceed with murdering Rosquette’s neighbors.

Rosquette said he wanted to continue with the other two hits in one week and was apprehended shortly after that.

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