An Oklahoma City man is accused of attempting to hire someone to pose as a pizza delivery driver in order to poison his girlfriend and kill her unborn child, court documents show.
Preston Rhoads, 30, was arrested April 17 and was being held without bail Wednesday in the Oklahoma County jail on two complaints of solicitation of murder. He had not been charged as of Wednesday.
According to a court affidavit filed in the case, Rhoads contacted a former co-worker and the two agreed to meet on April 9. During that meeting, Rhoads produced a vial filled with ricin, the affidavit states.
A search warrant for Rhoads’ residence, 11217 N McKinley Ave., was filed April 17 in Oklahoma City federal court.
The day after Rhoads’ arrest, officers shut down a northwest Oklahoma City street because of fears that two police cars involved in the arrest may have been contaminated.
According to court documents, Rhoads downloaded a poisons manual from the Internet and used a method contained within to produce ricin.
Ricin is a deadly toxin extracted from the seeds of the castor bean plant.
Rhoads told the man that he wanted him to use the ricin to poison his pregnant girlfriend in order to kill the fetus, the affidavit states.
“Rhoads stated that if the girlfriend were to die in the process, Rhoads is okay with the result,” according to the affidavit.
He suggested the would-be assassin put the ricin in a soft drink, or pretend to be a pizza delivery driver and lace the pie with the toxin, records show.
It is not clear from the affidavit how the FBI learned of the attempted poisoning.