Boynton woman arrested wanted husband dead

August 5, 2009 by  
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BOYNTON BEACH, FL — Boynton Beach Police have charged a woman in a murder-for-hire plot. The intended target was her husband.


According to police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater, Dalia Dippolito is charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

This morning, Dalia received a phone call while working out at the gym. When she got home she found police crime tape around her townhouse, with a crime scene technician dusting for fingerprints.

A Boynton Beach detective then informed her that her husband was the victim of a murder and was dead. Slater says Dalia collapsed into the sergeant’s arms and sobbed.

Dippolito was then taken to police headquarters where she came face-to-face with the man police said was the killer, who shot her husband twice in the head.

It turns out that “killer” was actually an undercover police officer. She then learned her husband was actually alive in the next room.

The crime began on Friday night, when Boynton Beach police received information from a confidential informant who said that Dippolito wanted to hire someone to kill her husband of six months.

On Saturday afternoon, police say she and the confidential informant met in a car at Mobil gas station on Gateway Boulevard to make the arrangements.

During the conversation, police say she gave the confidential informant a down payment of $1,200 for the hit man to buy a handgun to be used as the murder weapon. She also provided photos of her husband and their home. Police say she asked when the murder was going to happen and offered to get her hair done in Boca Raton to create an alibi.

She also spoke about how she would deny her involvement and provide police false information and names to keep the investigation away from her, according to police.

Police say before leaving the car, she asked if this was a “solid deal” and said she didn’t want to hear any excuses later about why it did not happen.

On Monday afternoon, Dippolito met with an undercover BBPD officer posing as the hired hit man in the parking lot of a CVS. During this encounter, the undercover agent asked if she was sure she wanted him killed.

Dippolito laughed and said, “I will be very happy.” She agreed to pay him $3,000 when the job was done, according to police.

The undercover officer asked her one more time if she was sure about having her husband killed. She responded, “I’m not going to change my mind. I am 5,000% sure I want it done. When I set my mind to something, I get it done,” police said.


Watch here as Boynton Beach Police inform Dalia Dippolito that her husband is dead. The twist – Dippolito paid an undercover Boynton Beach Police Officer to have him killed. She soon learns that her husband is very much alive and she’s being charged with soliciation to commit first-degree murder.

Boynton Beach: Armed robbery shooting leaves 1 Injured

July 14, 2009 by  
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Two men exchanged gunfire early this morning in what might have been an armed robbery, police said.


One of the two men was shot in the left leg and right arm.

Prentess Pernell Wheeler, 23, of Boynton Beach, was taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital and is expected to recover, spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.

Wheeler told investigators the confrontation took place about 2:30 a.m. as he and Ahkeem McPherson, 26, also of Boynton Beach, stood outside a home in the 2000 block of Northwest Second Street.

He said another man dressed in black came out from the backyard and shot him with a large caliber rifle.

Police said Wheeler, who has a concealed weapons permit, said he returned fire with his 9mm handgun.

Police do not know if the gunman was struck.

Detectives believe there may be two assailants and the incident was an attempted robbery.

Police found three cars in the driveway pocked with bullet holes and found numerous shell casings on the ground.

No one else was hurt, police said.

Six people, including a 16-year-old boy and a 3-year-old boy, were in the home at the time of the shooting. No one else was hurt, police said.

Anyone with information should call detective Alex Moreno, 742-6138; detective Midian Diaz, 742-6113; Sgt. Paul Sheridan, 742-6133; or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County, (800) 458- TIPS.

Anonymous tips also may be submitted via

Staff photographer Lannis Waters contributed to this story.

Source: The Palm Beach Post

Suspects in Boca Raton burglaries caught in Boynton Beach

July 14, 2009 by  
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BOYNTON BEACH — A man and a juvenile are in custody and authorities are searching for two more after Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies chased a car believed to have been involved in several recent burglaries in the Boca Del Mar area of suburban Boca Raton.

According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera, just before 5 a.m., deputies spotted a white sport utility vehicle matching the description of one believed to have been the getaway car in the burglaries.