MIDLAND, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – An Ohio man has been charged with trying to hire a hit man during an undercover state police sting in Beaver County.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 50-year-old Gregory Travis, of East Liverpool, who was taken to the Beaver County Jail after he allegedly met with an undercover trooper in the parking lot of a Chippewa Township restaurant Monday night.

Allegedly Travis had a problem with his wife’s nephew over money. They were supposed to square off in court on June 24 and according to court documents, Travis tried to hire a hit man to keep the nephew from showing up.

Travis met with a man he thought was a hit man, but who was an undercover state police officer Monday night at the El Paso restaurant in Chippewa. Travis said he had a picture of Chad Hayes of East Liverpool, Ohio and told the officer, “The more the better … if he had a broken leg, a broken arm, broken ribs or a neck. The more (expletive) he is the better off I am.”

Police Travis was willing to pay $1,000 for the assault and was willing to tip.

Later police tried to arrest Travis as he left the restaurant, but he tried to resist. However, he was arrested and taken to the Beaver County Jail.

Travis faces charges including criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault and resisting arrest.


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