Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date July 1, 2004
Contact Sergeant Steve Johnson
Phone (909) 320-8005
Fax (909) 320-8043


Riverside Woman Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Riverside, Ca-  Investigators from the Riverside Police Department arrested 36 year-old Rosalia Macias of Riverside tonight after she solicited an undercover police officer to kill her estranged husband. They arrested her at the GuadalaHarry’s Restaurant in San Bernardino where she is employed as a manager.

In the early part of June, a citizen informant contacted agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and Criminal Enforcement about a woman who was looking for someone to kill her husband. They reported the information to the Riverside Police Department. Detectives from the Homicide Unit and Gang Unit conducted an extensive undercover operation that spanned two weeks.

Macias met with an undercover officer two times at the GuadalaHarry’s Restaurant. During those meetings and several phone calls, they discussed her plan to kill her estranged husband so she could collect money from his life insurance policy. She offered to pay the officer $150,000 for the killing. During tonight’s meeting she gave the officer a down payment and drew a map to her husband’s place of employment. She was arrested without incident.

Investigators served two Search Warrants looking for evidence related to the crime. One warrant was served at the restaurant located at 280 Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino. The other warrant was served at her home in the 5200 block of Bushnell Avenue in Riverside.

Macias was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for 664-187 P.C. Attempted Murder and 653 (F)(b) P.C. Solicitation for Murder.

Police are not releasing the identity of the estranged husband.

Anyone with information related to this crime is asked to contact Detective Mike Medici at 909-320-8049.