Man who allegedly ordered hit on girlfriend last Valentine’s Day now accused of trying to off 2 more people

Source: Essex County Department of Corrections; MEGA

Aug. 13 2021, Published 3:15 p.m. ET

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A New Jersey man is accused of trying to hire hit men to kill a trio of people, including his ex-girlfriend.

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On Valentine’s Day, Dominic Luis Escalera, 37, allegedly attempted to offer 150 ecstasy tablets to an undercover state trooper to murder the girlfriend and was placed under arrest, WFMZ reported.

According to court documents, on Aug. 12, a jury returned an indictment charging Escalera with using a cell phone while on a trip to Allentown, Pennsylvania — around the time he tried to set up his ex’s death — to order hits on two more people between Jan. 28 and Feb. 17 in exchange for drugs and cash.

Police did not provide additional details about those two alleged hits. The victims' names were not released.

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On the the first alleged attempted hit against his ex-girlfriend, Escalera faces charges of solicitation of criminal homicide, prohibited possession of a firearm, unlawful body armor, receiving stolen property and carrying an unlicensed firearm, The Morning Call reported.

He was being held in Lehigh County on $500,000 bail in connection to that case.


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