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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

May 22, 2009

Contact: Special Agent Tom Crowley

Office: (469) 227-4318

Cell: (214) 435-5226

Two Subjects Arrested for Solicitation to Commit Capital Murder

TYLER, Texas — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Dallas Police Department (DPD) arrested a Texas Department of Criminal Justice Prison Guard and his girlfriend on Thursday in an alleged plot to kill the women’s estranged husband.

Rudolph Regaldo, 48, a prison guard at the Hodges Unit in Rusk, Texas, and Cathryn Lake, 51, were arrested in Tyler, based on a grand jury indictment, on charges of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder. The indictment also alleges allegation of use or exhibit of a deadly weapon in the commission of this offense.

ATF and DPD members of the North Texas HIDTA Violent Crime Squad received information that Regaldo and Lake were looking for someone to murder Lake’s husband, and would be willing to use a portion of a life insurance policy as payment. After several undercover meetings were conducted, enough evidence was gathered to secure the indictment.

Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham said Regaldo provided the undercover officer a gun to be used.

Both Regaldo and Lake are being held on bonds of $2 million each and face from five years to life in prison.

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