08/01/2006

NYPD recruit plotted to murder ex

The Associated Press

NEW YORK- A New York City police recruit was arrested Monday afternoon in Suffolk County for plotting to have his ex-girlfriend killed for $3,000, police said.

Authorities nabbed Kabeer Din, 22, after he met with an undercover officer in Holtsville, where the two discussed a plan to murder his former girlfriend, New York police chief spokesman Paul Browne said.

Din, who has been charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit murder, was being held by Suffolk County authorities. He was expected to be arraigned Tuesday. The alleged plot stemmed from a disagreement over marital plans: Din was ready to marry but the 24-year-old woman but she didn't want to tie the knot, Browne said.

But Din, police said, never got a chance to follow through on his deadly intentions after the murder-for-hire plot unraveled quickly.

On Friday, Din told an unidentified source for the New York Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau that he was "looking for someone to kill his girlfriend," Browne said.

The source immediately informed the bureau, Browne said, and New York City police arranged and recorded a call that same Friday between Din and the source, Browne said.

During the call, the source told Din he knew someone who could carry out the murderous scheme, Browne said.

On Monday morning, Din met with the internal affairs source and an undercover Suffolk County police officer at a strip mall near the Long Island Rail Road's Ronkonkoma station, not far from Din's home, Browne said.

Meeting in the undercover officer's car, Din gave him a photograph of the woman and $200 in cash and his credit card as down payment on the $3,000 hit, Browne said.

"He repeated to the undercover officer that he wanted the girlfriend killed," Browne said.

Din, a recruit or probationary officer, has been suspended without pay, Browne said. Before joining the New York Police Academy in July, Din was a police officer in Baltimore until June 2005, Browne said.

"He got outstanding recommendations," Browne said. "Nothing untoward surfaced" in the background checks.

It was not clear whether Din had an attorney.

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