A Schenectady man has been charged with hiring and conspiring with another man to stab a 19-year-old pregnant acquaintance, targeting the unborn child, state police said.
The price for the woman’s life and the life of her unborn child? $500 and a Titan brand pressure washer, according to papers filed in court.
Alexei S. Ramey, 21, of Turner Avenue, was charged Thursday with one count each of second-degree conspiracy, a top-level felony, and fourth-degree conspiracy, also a felony.
He is accused of hiring the man to stab the 81⁄2-months pregnant teen. The unborn child was the main target, state police said.
But Ramey is officially accused of conspiring to kill the teen and her unborn child, according to papers filed in court.
The woman was first made aware of it Thursday by state police investigators. Trooper Maureen Tuffey, a state police spokesperson, did not say whether investigators had been watching over her, but when asked how close the plot came to being carried out, Tuffey said, “not too close.”
With the stage of the woman’s pregnancy, Tuffey said it was believed Ramey intended for the attack to have been soon.
Ramey and the woman had previously dated, Tuffey said. It is believed that he is the father of the child.
“We believe that is what was behind this,” Tuffey said.
They had not been dating for most of the pregnancy.
Who the person Ramey is accused of meeting with and paying was not included in court paperwork. But Tuffey said no further charges are expected.
Ramey was arrested as part of an investigation dating back two weeks.
Schenectady police contacted state police then with information on a possible murder-for-hire case. State police in Princetown and the state police Special Investigation Unit arrested Ramey Thursday.
Asked about the tip, Tuffey only said that it was not anonymous.
According to police, Ramey met with a person on Tuesday and agreed to have the teen stabbed in the stomach.
On Thursday morning Ramey met with another man in Scotia and handed over payment — $500 in cash and the pressure washer — according to papers filed in court. Such a pressure washer can be found new online at a cost of $650, plus $99 shipping, according to one retailer website.
“The allegation is he wanted to eliminate her unborn child and didn’t care whether she died in the process,” Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said.
The second-degree conspiracy count alleges that Ramey conspired with another person to cause the woman’s death. The fourth-degree conspiracy relates to the woman’s unborn child.
Ramey was arraigned Thursday in Village of Scotia court before Justice Brian Mercy. Mercy ordered Ramey held on $100,000 cash or $250,000 bond. Ramey remained at the Schenectady County Jail Friday evening. He is due back in court Tuesday.