MIDVALE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - An apparent murder-for-hire turned out just as police had planned.
Investigators say a 49 year-old West Jordan mom asked someone she had just met to kill the father of her children, but the hitman police say Cindy Riggins tried hiring was actually an undercover officer.
Investigators say it started as a typical conversation over social media, but when a Provo man opened his inbox to read a terrifying message from his friend, police say he was right to take it seriously and report it.
"She just told him, 'I want to hire someone to kill... the father of my children," explained Det. Nick Dupaix of the Provo City Police Dept.
Being a mutual friend of both parents, the tipster helped keep the target safe. Police say soon, it was clear that Riggins was not kidding around, and they decided to set up a sting.
"The tipster helped set it up, and the undercover operation took place in Midvale," Dupaix said.
The situation reportedly came to a head near 7000 S. 300 W.
Police say the mutual friend introduced Riggins to the undercover officer, who police say she proceeded to offer less than $200 and some meth to murder her children's father.
"I'd say it was within minutes after she met with the officer and they were discussing this plan that we had officers come in and take her into custody," Dupaix said.
Now, police are thanking the responsible friend for speaking up -- saying he could very well have saved the father's life.
Police say Riggins now sits in the Utah County Jail, facing pending felony criminal conspiracy charges. Officials say her children are with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.
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