UPDATE: Claremont murder-for-hire suspect claimed target was 'ruining her life'
CLAREMONT — Police foiled a murder-for-hire plot less than a day after receiving intelligence of the alleged plan, which was supposedly sparked because of a man.
Monique Earle, 20, is being held on $100,000 cash only bail for allegedly arranging to have a woman killed because the target was "ruining her life."
Claremont Police received a tip from a woman who had recently met Earle.
According to court documents, Earle told the woman - who would later become an informant for police - she wanted to have her supposed target kidnapped, drugged, raped, then killed.
"This is only the second time in my career spanning over 20 years," said Chief Alexander Scott of the Claremont Police Department. "In any investigation of this nature, you're sort of looking for the level of seriousness in terms of, you know, is this idle chatter or angry talk. In this case, it went well beyond that."
Earle allegedly told the informant her boyfriend had left her for the target. The target had also allegedly threatened to physically assault Earle, and Earle didn't want her around her children.
According to prosecutors, Earle has one child and another on the way.
Shortly after learning of the plan, the informant helped arrange a meeting between Earle and an undercover officer. Earle allegedly brought the officer to the target's home and work place, as well as offered him a $500 cash payment with her Juicy Couture purse as a form of deposit.
"She was given ample opportunity to take another course of action and chose not to," said Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway.
Earle was arrested Wednesday evening. She's charged with conspiracy to commit murder and criminal solicitation to commit murder, both felonies.
While cases like this are rare, Hathaway said narratives like the one involving Earle are not.
"This fact pattern is one of the more common ones in that unusual subset [of solicitation of murder], relationships gone awry, people being very unhappy with that circumstance in deciding to take, or at least talk about taking, extreme action," he said.
Earle did not enter any pleas and will appear in court again on Dec. 8.
The New Hampshire Attorney General's Drug Task Force also assisted with the investigation because of its undercover resources.
Scott said the intended target has been made aware of the situation. He could not provide an update about her or the informant.
"At the conclusion of the investigation, she was made aware of what was happening and certainly was provided the opportunity to address any safety concerns," he said.