April 20, 2017 11:56 AM
An Anoka County man faces charges after attempting to hire someone to kill a man he was having a business dispute with, according to court records.
Kevin Patrick Condren, 62, of Columbia Heights, is facing a probable cause conspiracy to commit murder charge.
According to a criminal complaint, in November, Condren hired an individual to do paralegal work. During the meetings with the man, Condren asked if ever he did "side jobs." Condren told the man he wanted another man killed. He later offered the individual $5,000 and a revolver to kill the victim.
Condren called the man again 10 days later and offered $10,000, according to the complaint. The man then went to police out of fear that Condren may harm the victim.
Arrangements were later made to have Condren meet with an undercover detective, the complaint said. Condren met with the undercover detective in December at a restaurant and explained he wanted the victim dead because of a $150,000 business dispute.
Condren offered the undercover officer up to $7,000 to kill the man but asked him to wait until August of 2017 because he would be moving to Vietnam, the complaint said.
According to the complaint, law enforcement met with the victim who was concerned and said Condren was capable of hiring someone to have him murdered. At this time, the undercover officer took a photo of the victim.
Condren and the undercover officer met again in late December, and the undercover officer showed Condren a picture of the victim. The complaint said Condren was interested in the undercover officer's ability to locate the victim and again offered him $7,000 to kill the victim.
In February, the victim reported an unusual post on his Facebook account. It was later discovered the post came from Condren from an IP address in Vietnam.
The complaint said Condren has returned from Vietnam, but scheduled a flight to Shanghai, China, for April 24.
Law enforcement issued a warrant for Condren on Monday on a probable cause of conspiracy to commit murder charge based on multiple attempts to hire someone to murder the victim, attempted contact with the victim and the purchase of a plan ticket to China.
The Anoka County Jail log shows Condren was arrested and jailed on Wednesday.
Updated: April 20, 2017 11:56 AM
Created: April 20, 2017 11:30 AM
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