Auto dealership owner charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder

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An auto dealership owner in St. Joseph County has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder.

Serhan King Ezeldine, 50, was charged with the Level 2 Felony for his alleged attempt to hire someone to commit a homicide.

In a probable cause affidavit issued by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, a confidential source reports Ezeldine had asked them to commit the murder in exchange for $1,000 and possibly a car.

Ezeldine owns Eagle Motors on S. Michigan Street, and was upset because several vehicles had allegedly been stolen from the dealership. He told the confidential source that he knew who stole the vehicles, and believed in “an eye for an eye.”

Police report Ezeldine had issued three stolen vehicle reports on Sept. 3.

The confidential source told police Ezeldine provided them with the intended victim’s name, description of their vehicle, location of their home and their Facebook information. He suggested making the murder look like an armed robbery and said his “preferred method would include cutting the victim’s throat.”

Ezeldine was arrested on warrant Monday after a probable cause was found. He was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail, with an initial bail hearing and arraignment set for Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Ezeldine faces 10-30 years in prison.

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