A New Orleans woman faces murder-for-hire charges after she inadvertently tried to commission a hit man to kill her love rival on a website linked to FBI.

Zandra Ellis, 33, was taken into custody by federal authorities this week in the parking lot of a Waffle House in Louisiana after discussing the beating with an undercover agent, the criminal complaint says.

Ellis contacted Rent-A-Hitman.com on June 30 under the fake name Jasmine D. Brown, the documents state.

In her request, Alice stated that she wanted a woman identified only as the deceased BH. Ellis said, “I wish she were dead because she’s trying to kill me.”

The website’s operator, Robert Innes, said he contacted Ellis 24 hours later to see if she wanted to perform the hit song. Alice responded within a minute to say yes.

Inez, a graduate of the Napa Valley Police Academy, started the website in 2005 as an online safety company.

Rent-a-Hitman was founded by Robert Innes in 2005 and was originally intended to be an online security company

Fake customer reviews on Rent-a-Hitman.com weren't enough to warn Ellis off

Fake customer reviews on Rent-a-Hitman.com weren’t enough to warn Ellis off

Ellis met with an undercover FBI agent posing as a hit man named “Ace” at this Waffle House

Rent-a-Hitman’s home page includes a disclaimer promising that potential customers’ information is protected by the fictional Hitman Privacy and Information Protection Act of 1964.

Documents in the Ellis case say the website is linked to the FBI’s Internet Criminal Complaint Center.

When Inez checked on Alice and discovered her real name, he asked her why she used a false name.

Ellis said: “I didn’t want my real name out there, just in case it wasn’t real, or it was remembered, or I didn’t want to go to jail for wanting to do something like that.” I just didn’t want it to fall on me.”

On July 3, Inez reported Ellis to the FBI’s National Threat Intelligence Center. Two days later, an undercover agent using the alias Ace contacted Ellis.

According to the documents, there was a brief negotiation between Ellis and Ace about the price for the hit. They eventually agree to a $1,000 fee, with Alice coughing up $100 up front.

On July 3, Inez reported Ellis to the FBI's National Threat Intelligence Center.  Two days later, an undercover agent using the alias Ace contacted Ellis

On July 3, Inez reported Ellis to the FBI’s National Threat Intelligence Center. Two days later, an undercover agent using the alias Ace contacted Ellis

Documents in the Ellis case say the website is linked to the FBI's Online Criminal Complaint Center

Documents in the Ellis case say the website is linked to the FBI’s Online Criminal Complaint Center

From there, Alice said she would pay the killer $250 in installments until the debt was paid.

When the couple met at Waffle House, Alice brought the baby in a stroller.

During the meeting, Alice explained that she wanted BH dead because she believed BH was trying to kill her and her unborn child.

Alice explained that she and BH had children from the same person. He is not named in the complaint.

The pair also agreed that a code word would be used to confirm that the murder had taken place.

When Ace asked Alice if she had a weapon to protect herself,[She] looked at her backpack and said [undercover agent]”When you see me with this, I’m always tied.” When Ellis left the Waffle House, she was arrested and found to be in possession of a Ruger .308 handgun loaded with live ammunition.

Ellis is accused of using interstate commerce facilities to commit murder. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

Talking to The Daily Beast of Ellis’ arrest, Robert Innes said, “If life is in danger, I want [the case] fall into capable hands. Fortunately, a life was saved in the process.”

Ines also told the site: “I get inquiries every day. Despite the attention in the news, podcasts, online videos, people still see it as a place where they can try to hire a killer. It’s stunning. I just don’t understand.’

After Ellis’ arrest, Robert Innes tweeted: “It’s happened again, this time in New Orleans. Over 150 lives saved!’

Robert Innes, pictured here, said of Ellis' arrest: “When life is in danger, I want to [the case] fall into capable hands.  Fortunately, a life was saved in the process

Robert Innes, pictured here, said of Ellis’ arrest: “When life is in danger, I want to [the case] fall into capable hands. Fortunately, a life was saved in the process.”

When asked in a separate interview by the Washington Post why so many people connect with the site, Inez said, “I don't understand it.  People are just stupid

When asked in a separate interview by the Washington Post why so many people connect with the site, Inez said, “I don’t understand it. People are just stupid

Ines’ career was covered in October 2020 Rolling Stone article in which he told the magazine that he was a repo man running a website on the side.

Innes, who goes by the name Guido Fanelli, said his website had been used at least 12 times to catch suspected assassins. Although, on his Twitter page, Ines reported that his site had saved the lives of 150 people.

The Rent-a-Hitman website boasts that it has 17,985 “field operatives in the US.” This is simply the number of law enforcement agencies in the United States.

Customer testimonial from “Phil M. Florida” says: “Guido and his PR team were able to resolve a five year old dispute in a matter of days. Highly recommended!’

“Laura S. Arizona” writes: “Caught my husband cheating with the nanny and our relationship ended after a free PR consultation. I’m single again and I want to talk.”

While “Fernando Kansas” said, “My work schedule is too busy to get my hands dirty with HR issues, so I checked with him and they promptly resolved my disgruntled employee issue while I was out of town on vacation.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Innes said that the first serious request he received was around 2010, when a woman in the UK named Helen said she wanted to kill her family members because she had not received an inheritance.

Alena lived in Canada at that time. Innes said he contacted authorities, who contacted the appropriate police, who in turn conducted a welfare check on the suspect.

It emerged that Helen was wanted in the UK on a number of outstanding warrants. She was released shortly after contact with Ines.

To a question in a separate interview with Washington Post on why so many people are contacting the site, Ines said: “I don’t understand it. People are just stupid.”

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