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Cedar Rapids Man Accused of Planning to Commit Murder

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OELWEIN, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids man conspired to overdose his child's mother on methamphetamine in order to get his child back, according to police.

A criminal complaint charging 41-year-old Cesar Anibal Alicea with solicitation to commit murder states that on Jan. 17, Alicea had a phone conversation with his ex-wife during which he plotted to kill the mother of his child. Alicea allegedly told his ex, who is not identified by name in the criminal complaint, that he wanted to dose his child's mother with meth so that she would overdose and he would not have to move the body.

The mother is referred to in police documents by her initials, R.S., and is believed to be Renee Snay, who filed for divorce from Alicea in March 2012.

According to the criminal complaint, Alicea told his ex that he wanted Snay out of his child's life "in more ways than one," that she would not be missed and he does not want her to be a part of his child's life.

Police said Alicea and his ex spoke on the phone again on Jan. 19 and Alicea again said he wanted to kill Snay. Alicea said "that this would be worth it for his child," according to the complaint.

Yesterday, Alicea met in person with his ex and accepted $300 to buy a firearm, police said. At some point that day, Oelwein police Lt. Ronald Voshell attempted to arrest him for solicitation to commit murder. Police said Voshell ordered Alicea out of the vehicle he was sitting in. When Alicea refused to comply, Voshell opened the door and directed him out, police said.

Police said Voshell ordered Alicea to the ground and took him to the ground when he didn't comply with orders. While on the ground, Alicea allegedly tried to grab Voshell's leg, prompting the officer to deploy his Taser. For his actions, he faces an additional charge of interference with official acts.

Oelwein police said Wednesday that the investigation is ongoing. Oelwein police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, which is assisting in the investigation along with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.

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