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July 20, 2019

Locked up on Rikers Island for attempted murder of his half-brother, man hires hit man to finish the job: prosecutors

February 8, 2019
Anthony (YM) Tejada, 19, tried to hire a hitman while locked up at Rikers Island. (Seth Wenig / AP)

A Brooklyn man locked up on Rikers Island for the attempted murder of his half-brother tried to pay a hit man $5,000 to finish the job, prosecutors said Thursday.

Anthony (YM) Tejada, 19, was caught on recorded phone calls from Rikers Island talking to an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent he believed was a hit man.


“I definitely need the situation taken care of,” Tejada said on Jan. 23, according to papers alleging he feared his half-brother would testify against him.

The undercover agent then visited Tejada at the jail on Jan. 31 in an encounter recorded on video.

“You want him dead? Like, dead dead?” the fake hit man asked.

Tejada responded in the affirmative, according to a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan Federal Court. He allegedly suggested the assassin wear a ski mask to make the hit “look good” and appear it was a robbery gone wrong.

He also told the hit man he could find his half-brother by staking out a parole office, prosecutors charged. If the half-brother’s girlfriend was with him, Tejada said he didn’t “give a f—k,” papers charge. “Take the shot,” Tejada allegedly said.

In followup phone calls Tejada checked in and told the hit man he was good for the money.

“You seen it in my eyes that I wasn’t trying to bulls—t you,” he said.

Tejada’s attorney declined comment. The brute had been charged with attempted murder on Oct. 1 of last year. He’d been put in touch with the “hit man” by an inmate facing grand larceny charges and hoping for a lighter sentence. He faces a maximum of 30 years on charges including murder-for-hire.

“Tejada’s alleged plan has been foiled, he faces federal charges, and his intended victim is safe,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.

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