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Jul 5, 2011 9:35 PM by Shawn Kline

Eunice man arrested for "Hitman" search

Police say a Eunice man was searching for a "hitman" but instead, found himself behind bars.

Eunice Police Chief Ronald Dies says detectives arrested 53-year-old Charles Runnels after getting a tip that he was looking for a hitman to kill two people.

Police learned Runnels, already on house arrest for his third DWI, was now looking for a gun or someone to kill these people for him.
That's when detectives decided to catch him in the act.

"He was willing to pay up to $10,000 to murder these two individuals." Dies says, "$5,000 per person."

When Runnels thought he found his Hitman, police say he even payed a down-payment of several hundred dollars. But here's the catch- the man he was paying wasn't a hitman at all; he was an undercover police officer. Police say they caught the whole conversation on a hidden camera.

"This was all recorded on camera." Chief Dies says, "both audio and video."

Runnels is not only charged with two counts of solicitation for murder but police have narcotics warrants for his arrest as well.

The identities of the two he allegedly wanted killed will remain anonymous until his trial, yet to be scheduled.

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