Man charged in alleged murder-for-hire plot

February 9, 2009 3:19:49 PM PST
A Chicago man is charged in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot. Investigators with the River Grove Police Department say the suspect solicited an undercover officer to murder a Chicago Fire Department captain, and they say it was captured on tape.

The suspect, 48-year-old Miroslaw Zukowski, is being held at the Cook County Jail at 26th and California. His bond was set at $600,000 over the weekend. He has not posted it yet.

Zukowski is charged with two separate counts, solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire.

River Grove Police Sgt. Jack Glowinsky said it was three weeks ago that he received information that Zukowski was trying to place a hit on a Chicago Fire Department captain.

"He had a personal vendetta against him. Mr. Zukowski alleges that his reasons for committing this act was he believed that the fireman was having an affair with his wife," said Sgt. Glowinsky.

The sergeant contacted the Cook County Sheriff's office, who assigned an undercover officer to make contact with Zukowski. That officer offered to carry out the hit for $5,000.

"A meeting took place February 6 with the undercover and the offender," said Sgt. Glowinsky, "and the offender was going to deposit $500."

Once the exchange happened Zukowski was taken into custody. He lives in a North Side condo with his wife he, but he works as a truck driver at River Grove's W&K Express trucking company, which is how the original tip came to the River Grove Police Department.

Zukowski was in court for a preliminary hearing Monday. However, a continuance was issued for a later date.