The Melbourne Police Department has made an arrest in a "murder for hire" investigation.
Samir Mohammad Fawaka, 50, was introduced to an undercover detective who posing as a hit man, after authorities said Fawaka inquired about hiring someone to kill a man. During their meeting, Fawaka offered the undercover operative $500 in cash and a vehicle as payment for the murder, police say.
Another meeting between Fawaka and the detective occurred a couple days later. During this encounter, the detective said Fawaka gave him $150 and stated the rest of the money and vehicle would be provided after the intended target was murdered. It was also during this meeting that police learned that the man who was to be killed was connected to Fawaka through a family relationship.
Melbourne Police investigators contacted the intended victim to explain the circumstances of the investigation. They were able to place the victim in a secure location and give the impression that a murder had taken place.
Fawaka met with the undercover detective in the parking lot of a Walmart grocery store at 3950 N. Wickham Road. During this meeting, investigators said Fawaka confirmed that he believed his intended target had been murdered, provided $350 and signed the title of ownership of a 1999 Dodge van over to the detective.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Fawaka was taken into custody and transported to the Brevard County Jail. Although an arrest has been made, the incident is still under investigation.